The Final Three

Posted by martin.parnell |

I had an excellent night’s sleep after hearing the result of the Love Clap Guinness World Record at McGill. However, there’s no rest for the wicked and today was GWR #8, Capture the Flag at the BMO Centre on the University of New Brunswick campus.

I’m staying with my friends Tom and Ulrica just on the outskirts of Fredericton. Tom was the fellow, back in 2009, who had introduced me to Right To Play. During that year we had set up “Kids-U-Can” and raised $10,000 for the organization. Later that year I had decided to attempt to run 250 marathons in one year and the rest as they say is history.

Today, I only wanted to run 10km so I headed out the door and tried to find the trail Tom had told me about. I had no luck and ended up running the back roads. Fall is here and I my route took me along a bed of orange, yellow and red leaves. After an excellent eggs and bacon breakfast it was off to CHSR 97.7 FM for an interview Mark to explain the upcoming activities.

The registration for the GWR was scheduled for 5.45pm and the game to begin at 6.30pm. Tom and I got there at 5.00pm and hung up banners and posters. We met up with organisers Shea and Aly and slowly players trickled in. However, by 6.30pm we only had 160 participants. Time for action. Volunteers were sent to find more players on campus. The flood lights came on and dusk was falling. Several people left because they couldn’t wait any longer. Things were looking desperate.

At 7.20pm we had 243, only 8 more to go. Finally at 7.27pm we hit 251 and a new record. The game started at 7.35pm with 260 and everyone gave a sigh of relief. Well done the Right To Play club at the University of New Brunswick. Now that’s 8 GWR’s for 8. Only two to go, Ultimate Frisbee at Mount Allison in Sackville, NB and Ice Hockey at Memorial University in St.John’s, NFL.

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