Calgary Marathon Part III

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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

The merry band of runners had hit the 10km marker on the Calgary Marathon. Ken was feeling the cold. He has worked in India the past three years and his blood had thinned. To keep himself warm he had on gloves, three layers on top and a garbage bag. Don had on two layers and I wore a singlet. It is a very special top. Right To Play had given it to me at the end of 2010. On the front is "Right To Play" and on the back is "PARNELL 250". I'm very proud to wear it and several times during the race runners came up and asked the significance of the "250".

We reached the half way mark and we were all feeling pretty good. At every intersection and aid station we'd thank the incredible volunteers. Without these people there would be no race. I was surprised how rolling the course was but at least there were no killer hills. After 26km Peter was feeling the pace and backed off a little. At 35km we hit the Right To Play aid station. Ginelle and the group from the University of Calgary RTP Club were all there volunteering. This group have been fantastic over the last three years, helping me out on numerous events. Sarah Stern from RTP's head office in Toronto was handing out bananas. Thank you Sarah.

Time waits for no man and we crossed the 37km marker at 4 hours. Only 5km to go. The streets had been pretty empty but then we hit a traffic jam. This wasn't cars but people. The 5km Walk / Run had started at 11.00am and hundreds were streaming along the road. A couple of kids said hi and I yelled back. Ken, Don and I weaved our way to the finish line and it was amazing coming into the stadium and hearing the crowd roar. It was an incredibly close finish but I managed to pip Don and Ken at the post by 27/100th's of a second. Better luck next guys.

Running buddies Wayne, Cathy and Mike were there to greet us. Ally drop by and Peter made it in a few minutes later. Kyle was there and he recorded a kicking 4hrs 4min 49sec. Great effort for his first marathon. Now he's got a monster Calgary Marathon belt buckle to go with his gold medal.

Great work everyone.

Quote of the Day

"Run like you've stolen the shoes"

Martin Parnell (Jogger)

Martin, Don and Kyle at the end of the Calgary Marathon. You've gotta love those belt buckle medals.

Calgary Marathon Part III

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