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Martin Parnell's 10th & Final New Years Eve Run/Walk

Published December 05, 2019 10:14

The Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane & Area (BGCCA) will be hosting a community focused run/ marathon in partnership with local marathon-runner, Martin Parnell. The run will take place on Dec. 31, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. from a trail near the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. Donations from the event will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Cochrane & Area through a ‘by donation’ registration fee. Registration will open on the day of the run. 


This marathon will mark Mr. Parnell’s 10th and final time hosting and organizing a year end run/ walk. In 2010, he completed his 250th marathon of the year at the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre where over 300 runners’ walkers participated. This year he hopes to ‘bring it home’ and support a local organization by reaching his fundraising goal of $10,000. 


“To date all my fundraising has been for boys and girls in underdeveloped and conflict regions in the world. However, it is important to understand that boys and girls in our hometown face challenges. I looked at a number of organizations and then read The Boys and Girls Club mission. My wife Sue and I talked about the work they do and we knew this was the organization we wanted to support.” Says Parnell. 


All of the funds collected from the run will go towards operations and programing at the CLUB. The CLUB is a youth exclusive division of the Boys & Girls Club, which provides teens a fun, safe space to hang out, do homework or seek support. It has been steadily increasing numbers since it opened its doors in January and will greatly benefit from this event, as it is completely donation based. 

The marathon has a GoFundMe page for supporters who would like to contribute to the BGCCA’s cause but prefer to donate online or cannot attend the race.
“This event is sure to rally the community because it is Mr. Parnell’s final run. We are so grateful to be chosen as the partner organization.” Explains, Executive Director Jill Bilodeau. 

About Martin Parnell
In Martin’s “Quests for Kids” (2010 to 2014) initiative he completed 10 “Quests” in 5 years, including running 250 marathons in one year, raising $1.3m for Right To Play and giving the gift of hope to over 27,000 children. In early 2015, he was diagnosed with a clot on the brain. After extensive rehabilitation, he started running again in October and a year later, on November 4th 2016, ran the “Marathon of Afghanistan”. A documentary of the race, “The Secret Marathon” will be released in the fall of 2019. Martin is a professional speaker and is author of MARATHON QUEST, RUNNING TO THE EDGE and THE SECRET MARATHON, all published by Rocky Mountain Books.

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