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Marathon man ready for final run

By the time the year is over, Martin Parnell will have ran 10,550 kilometres — nearly the equivalent of running across Canada and back.

By the time the year is over, Martin Parnell will have ran 10,550 kilometres — nearly the equivalent of running across Canada and back.

The 54-year-old Cochrane man started Marathon Quest 250 on Jan. 1 in an effort to raise $250,000 for Right to Play, an organization that develops sport programs for kids around the world.

“Originally, I thought of doing 365 marathons, but my wife said, ‘no go see a local doctor,’” explained Parnell. After consulting with the doctor, Parnell decided to run five days a week with a two day break and an additional 12 spare days off.

Just two months in, Parnell injured his leg, leaving him unable to run for two weeks.

“I couldn’t even think ahead to the next marathon,” he said. “It’s just too big.”

Parnell said once he hit race 200, the goal seemed feasible.

“As I’ve knocked them off, I’ve slowly got a bit more confident and felt a bit better.”

Today will mark race 245 for Parnell, leaving only five more until the finish line.

“To complete it will be a big relief.”

 
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