Colorado Springs Second Chances 5K Supports Those with Criminal Records

Part of New Prison Fellowship Campaign to Expose and Eliminate “Second Prison” for 65 Million Americans with Criminal Records

Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans with a criminal record continually face significant legal, social and other barriers that inhibit them from fully contributing to society. While having paid their debt by serving their sentence, they still encounter a “second prison” upon their release. This second prison not only holds them back but also results in Colorado communities missing out on their potential contributions.

On May 8, a national leader in criminal justice reform and locals who support second chances will host the Second Chances 5K Run/Walk at America the Beautiful Park to raise awareness and engage the Colorado Springs community on the issue. Sponsored by Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to prisoners, former prisoners and their families, the race is part of a new Prison Fellowship campaign called The Second Prison Project, which is designed to expose and eliminate the second prison in America.

One in four American adults—myself included—have a criminal record. I have struggled first-hand with the stigma and obstacles that face those with a record, even after fully paying for our mistakes,” said Jesse Wiese, director of community engagement at Prison Fellowship. “Through these races and The Second Prison Project campaign, Prison Fellowship hopes to mobilize men and women across America to raise a collective voice to support and promote the value of those with a criminal record. Colorado and the entire nation are ready for change.

Prison Fellowship is hosting the Colorado Springs Second Chances 5K in conjunction with its Breaking the Chain conference. The gathering is for anyone in Colorado interested in prison or post-prison ministry and who would like to better understand the dynamics of incarceration and release. The race follows the two-day conference.


Sunday, May 8

America the Beautiful Park
126 Cimino Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80905

Race day registration and packet pick-up: Noon MT
Race start: 1 p.m. MT

Fun Run: Free, includes the race shirt, community event, giveaways from local vendors
Competitive run: $30, includes the race shirt, community event, giveaways from local vendors and chipped timing

Media Opportunities:

  • Visuals of pre-race and race activity, including a pre-race address to the crowd by Jesse Wiese, former bank robber and visionary for The Second Prison Project Campaign
  • Prospective interviews with hundreds of race participants

On-site Media Contact: Heather Rice-Minus, 703.725.8479

Interested runners and walkers have two options. While occurring simultaneously and on the same course, the Fun Run is free to all participants. Runners who would like to be timed and compete for prizes pay a $30 entry fee. All participants of both the Fun Run and competitive run must register.

This is the second consecutive weekend of Second Chances 5K events. On May 1, Prison Fellowship hosted the inaugural Second Chances 5K in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

For more information and to register, visit

About Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 by Charles Colson, a former aide to President Nixon who served a seven-month sentence for Watergate-related crimes. Today the Christian nonprofit 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. Through The Second Prison Project campaign, Prison Fellowship seeks to expose and eliminate the second prison in America and unlock second chances for the more than 65 million Americans with a criminal record.