18 march 2013

Canadian runs marathon, climbs Kilimanjaro in less than a week


(Marathon Quest 250)
Martin Parnell has raised more than half a million dollars for kids since 2010.

Albertan Martin Parnell, 57, has just raised the endurance bar while raising money for charity. On March 6th, he ran the Kilimanjaro Marathon, in Tanzania. Just three days later, he climbed Africa’s highest mountain in less than 24 hours.

“It’s normally a six-day climb, but I summited in 21 hours,” said the semi-retired mining engineer from his home in Cochrane, Alta.

“It was brutal...The real challenge on this [quest] was the altitude. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet high, and the highest I could get to [in Cochrane was] 8,000 feet. There was really nothing I could do to prepare. So, it was really on an act of faith,” he said.
Money raised for Right To Play

The Kilimanjaro Quest 95.2 is part of "Quests for Kids", an initiative Parnell launched in 2010 for Right To Play, a Toronto-based humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. For every dollar he raises, Right to Play partners add $ 3 more.

Parnell’s goal is to complete 10 Quests in 5 years, to raise $1M and help 20,000 kids. On his very first quest, he ran 250 marathons, raised $ 320,000 Cdn and became known as “Marathon Man”. Since then, he has broken four Guinness records.

Martin Parnell climbed through five different ecological zones and reached Kilimanjaro’s top in 21 hours. (Martin Parnnell/Marathon Quest 250)

The power of sport

Parnell says that he saw “the power of sport”, during a cycling trip across Africa, in 2005. On his way from Cairo, in Egypt, to Cape Town, in South Africa, he ended up playing soccer, table tennis, running.

“It’s a thing with kids all over the world. It doesn’t matter if they’re in Benin, West Africa, or in Cochrane or in Toronto. The kids need some leadership from adults and they need some structure” he said.

Parnell’s 8th quest will take him cycling, running, trail running and mountain biking all over the Canadian Rockies. The professional endurance athlete will try to complete all 9 TransRockies Events in 5 months.

To date, Parnell’s initiative has raised $ 530,000 and helped 21,500 kids.

External links:
Martin Parnell’s Marathon Quest 250
Right to Play 

Professional endurance athlete Martin Parnell talks about his adventures in Kilimanjaro and his “Quests for Kids” initiative with Gilda Salomone.
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28 March 2013 - 13:54

Hello Marc, Just a note to let you know how fascinating were the stories of Izzi Cammileri and Martin Parnell (Gilda's interview). Since I have a daughter in law in a wheelchair, I was quite interested in Ms. Camalleri's work, and will pass this info to my daughter in law. I have also always been interested in the Charity "Rights to Play". I'm quite proud of this Professional Athlete from Alberta who devotes his skills and time to this Charity. In closing , I would like to wish you Marc and all your colleagues a Happy Easter and a beautiful Easter Season. Eugenie Dufour A Friend of the Link

Sent by eugenie dufour, spirit river, alberta, cnada

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