Canadian Man Has Run 200 Marathons For Charity

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 28, 2010

Parnell hoping to hit 250 by end of the year.

Fifty-four-year-old Martin Parnell of Albera Candada has run 200 marathons this year. He hopes to hit the 250 mark by the end of the year. The reason for his marathon mania: to raise $250,000 for the “Right to Play” charity. Right to Play is a humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.

Understandably, the daunting task has been hardly easy for Parnell.

“It’s been tough. It’s been a long grind, to be honest with you. The summer was brutal, the weather was rough. I had two falls in early July and injuries. It was wet. I got through that and kept moving and then finally summer came in the middle of September and it’s been good since then,” he said.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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