Calgary Marathon Part I

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Next Event:

Cook Islands Quest 100 (Quest #4)

Every $1 donated matched by $3 by Right To Play Partners !!!!!!!!

  • Start: 9.00pm Friday September 28th 2012

  • Finish: 11.00am Saturday September 29th 2012

  • Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Pacific Ocean

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $25,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $2,908

My Calgary Marathon weekend started on Friday morning. I headed off to the marathon Expo at Stampede Park and met up with Tobi and Lucy at the Back on Track booth. Back on Track had supplied post marathon apparel for the 250 marathons I completed in 2010. The long johns and long sleeve T-shirt material is infused with ceramic dust and this allows increased circulation after exercise. The outcome is improving recovery and reducing fatigue. I found them invaluable.

I have been promoting this product and I had come to help them answer questions from the runners. One interesting fact is that the product was initially developed in Sweden by a medical Doctor for his patients. However, interest was shown by the horse and dog community, it took off and was very successful. It's only recently that applications for human use have developed.

At 5.30pm I have to leave the booth and headed over to the speakers stage. I had been asked to talk on "Running for Charity". During my research for the presentation I found out some interesting facts. In 2011 the Calgary marathon had 30 charities sign up for the Scotia Bank charity challenge and they had raised $500,000. In comparison, the New York marathon had 210 charities sign up and raised $34M. The grand daddy of the charity marathons is London. In 2011 they raised $83M. This is the Guinness World Record for the most money raised for charity in a single event. I also talked about the challenges in raising $320,000 for Right To Play during Marathon Quest 250 in 2010.

That evening it was over to the Westin Hotel for a marathon function. The guest of honour was Frank Shorter, the American long distance runner. Frank won his greatest recognition as a marathon runner, and is the only American athlete to win two medals in the Olympic marathon event. Frank won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, after finishing fifth in the Olympic 10,000-meter final. He won the silver medal in the marathon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, second behind previously unheralded gold medalist Waldemar Cierpinski of East Germany. In the years 1971, 72, 73 he was the top ranked marathon runner in the world.

During the event I was thrilled to be inducted in the Calgary Marathon Hall of Fame. Much appreciated

Quote of the Day

"In the fields of observation, chance favours only the prepared mind"

Louis Pasteur

Working with Tobi at the Back on Track booth at the Calgary Marathon Expo

Calgary Marathon Part I

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