10.05.2010– Marathon Martin Parnell will run in the Victoria Marathon on October 10, 2010. It will be Parnell’s 188th out of a planned 250 marathons run this year. For his Marathon Quest 250 initiative, Parnell runs an average of five marathons per week throughout 2010, raising money and awareness for Right to Play, and organization that promotes children’s participation in sports as a driver of social change in communities around the world. If successful, he will cover a total distance of 10,550km (6550 miles).
Parnell only began running in 2002, at the age of 47. His first race, in 2003, was a short 5 kilometers (3.11 miles). By 2005 he was able to complete a 4-month cycling expedition from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa, and now has done many races including marathons and ultra-marathons and Ironman events.
“I’m doing this because I love the challenge and I love the cause, quite simply,” says Parnell. “Right to Play is a wonderful organization that is truly making the world a better place everyday. I wanted to raise money and awareness for what they do – and, on a personal note, I wanted to see if I could do 250 marathons in one year. Part of this is to show people that you really can do anything you want if you commit to it.”
Parnell took his inspiration for Marathon Quest 250 from Dean Karnazes who ran 50 marathons in 50 days across 50 U.S. states. He also inspired by Larry Macon, a sixty-four year old lawyer from San Antonio, who set the current Guinness World record for running the most marathons in one calendar year (105 marathons in 2008).
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