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November 17, 2009 09:00 ET

In 2010, Martin Parnell Will Run 250 Marathons

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2009) - In the year 2010, between January 1 and December 31, Martin Parnell of Cochrane, Alberta, will attempt to run 250 marathons and raise $250,000 for the organization Right To Play.

An ultra-marathon runner, Martin Parnell is inspired by Dean Karnazes who ran 50 marathons in 50 days across 50 U.S. states. And, he is 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. In 2008, Macon ran 105 marathons.

In early 2009, when an old friend, Tom Healy, introduced Parnell to the Toronto-based charity Right To Play, he was enthusiastic. Right To Play is an international 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. Right To Play also has programs in over 4,500 schools in Canada. Tom Healy and Martin Parnell set up Team KIDS-U-CAN to promote awareness and raise funds for Right To Play.

In May 2009, Parnell put these pieces together with the idea of embarking on an activity which would not only raise a significant amount in donations for Right To Play, but also help him fulfill a personal challenge. Marathon Quest 250 was born.

The plan is for Martin Parnell to run an average five marathons a week; Fridays and Saturdays will be recovery days. An additional 12 days have been protected, in case of unforeseen circumstances. If successful, Martin will cover a total distance of 10,550km (6550 miles).

The majority of the marathons will be run on the Cochrane Foothills Marathon course in Cochrane, Alberta. However, a number will be run at official marathons such as the Calgary, Boston and Vancouver and others at Schools and Events within a reasonable distance from Calgary. Each marathon will be completely self-contained with no gel wrappers, water cups, banana skins or any other litter left along the route.

You can contribute in the following ways:

- Sponsor a marathon

- Run with Martin

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To make a donation please go to: www.marathonquest250.com.

ABOUT RIGHT TO PLAY

Right To Play is an international, 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. Right To Play also works within Canadian communities to inspire children and support their right to grow and learn, through physical activity.

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Martin Parnell, contact Lyn Cadence at the information below.

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