April 23: Twin Cities 5K Supports People with Criminal Pasts

Local Event Part of New Prison Fellowship Effort to Expose and Eliminate 'Second Prison' Facing 65 Million Americans with Criminal Records

Hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans with criminal records continually face significant legal, social and other barriers that keep them from rejoining society in a positive and productive way. While having paid their debts by serving their sentences, they still encounter a "second prison" upon release. This second prison not only holds them back, but also results in Minnesota communities missing out on their potential contributions.

On April 23, a national leader in criminal justice reform and locals who support second chances will host the Second Chances 5K Run/Walk at Concordia University's Sea Foam Stadium to raise awareness and engage the St. Paul community on the issue. They will join Prison Fellowship, the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, as part of Prison Fellowship's first-ever nationwide Second Chance Month, which is meant to expose and eliminate the second prison in America. 


Sunday, April 23

Sea Foam Stadium
Concordia University St. Paul
281 Hamline Ave N.
St Paul, MN 55104

Race day registration and packet pick-up: 8 a.m. CT
Remarks by Mayor Coleman: 9 a.m. CT
Pre-race rally: 9:05 a.m. CT
Race start: 9:30 a.m. CT

$30 pre-race day; $40 for walk-up registration; $15 for rally only


  • Hear Mayor Coleman declare April "Second Chance Month" in St. Paul
  • Pre-event and on-site interviews with:
    • Twin Cities resident Casey Irwin, who experienced firsthand the consequences of a criminal past when her inability to find a job or a landlord willing to rent to her because of her felony record led her to make desperate choices that took her back to a prison cell. Because someone was willing to give her a second chance, today she is the successful general manager of a national restaurant chain.
    • Other local previously incarcerated individuals in attendance
  • Visuals of pre-race and race activity
  • Prospective interviews with more than 100 race participants
  • Incarcerated men and women in Minnesota Correctional Facilities at Lino Lakes, Stillwater and Shakopee will also participate in 5K events behind bars. Raw pool video footage of the Stillwater facility run will be available live and via FTP after the event. To attend the run at the Stillwater facility or get access to the footage, please contact Michelle Farmer or Anna Hutsell. Media must respond by 5 p.m. CT on April 20 for clearance to attend the run.

Pre-event Media Contacts: Michelle Farmer or Anna Hutsell, 770.813.0000
On-site Media Contact: Jim Forbes, 304.780.5628

For more information and to register, visit PrisonFellowship.org.

Prison Fellowship is hosting the Twin Cities Second Chances 5K in coordination with local partners: Concordia University, St. Paul; the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition; and the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Simultaneously, the Minnesota Correctional Facilities at Lino Lakes and Stillwater (adult men's facilities) and Shakopee (an adult women's facility) will each host 5K events. 

About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship is the nation's largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, and a leading advocate for criminal justice reform. With 40 years of experience helping restore men and women behind bars, Prison Fellowship advocates for federal and state criminal justice reforms that transform those responsible for crime, validate victims and encourage communities to play a role in creating a safe, redemptive and just society.