Book : MARATHON QUEST
In 2005, during a four-month cycling trip through Africa, Martin Parnell was struck by the transformative and positive power of sport to change lives. Five years later the 55 year-old dedicated a year of his lifeto run 250 marathons with the aim of raising $250,000 for the charity Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that reaches out to disadvantaged children around the world.
Along with information on technique, gear, nutrition and the challenges facing new and seasoned athletes as they prepare for either regularor ultramarathons, Martin gives honest and often humorous insight into why an ordinary person would attempt to do something extraordinary in pursuit of their goal to make the world a better place.
Amanda Connolly: CBC News: Selected Top 5 books in Alberta for 2014 To some, he’s a madman. To others, he’s the master of marathons. Whether you think he’s downright crazy or an inspiration to all, this captivating book will make you rethink the challenges of your daily life and consider what you can do to make an impact on the world. It’s the perfect read for ruminating over plans to attack that list of New Year’s resolutions.
Hayley Wickenheiser: Canadian Olympic Hockey Three time Gold medallist and author of “Gold Medal Diary (2010)”. 'Marathon Quest' is an inspiring, true story of how one man challenged himself, encountered major obstacles, but never gave up and in the end, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as the spirits of children who need it most. What a story!
Bart Yasso: Chief Running Officer for “Runners’ World” magazine and Author. Marathon Quest sheds light on how an individual can change the world one step at a time.
Jon Montgomery: Canadian Olympic Bobsleigh Gold medallist and host for "Amazing Race Canada". Marathon Quest is not only a fascinating story of Martin Parnell's incredible journey to improve the lives of children the world over, but it is an exemplary illustration of what one can achieve when they put their heart and soul into something. Great book... amazing man.
Dick Beardsley: American long distance runner and Author of "Dual in the Sun". For anyone who thinks the world is now all about me, me, me, Martin Parnell and his book "Marathon Quest" will change your mind instantly!
Barbara Kay: Award-Winning Columnist with the National Post. In Marathon Quest, Martin Parnell chronicles the inspirational athletic sojourn that led to his passionate commitment to the Right To Play movement.