Every few weeks we pick one inspiring dailymiler to be featured on the blog. This gives us a chance to learn the stories of members of the dailymile community. Check out past dailymiler’s of the week or nominate a dailymiler for a future post!
This week, the spotlight is on Martin Parnell.
What did you do in 2010?
During the 365 days that made up that year, Martin Parnell ran 250 marathons and raised $320,000 for the children’s charity, Right To Play. He remembers well approaching the finish line on December 31, about to complete the 6,550 miles he’d set out to conquer in that year. “At 3:00pm that afternoon, I ran into the sports facility in Cochrane, Alberta, with 40 kids in tow all yelling and cheering. It was the best feeling ever.”
Throughout 2010, many on dailymile followed Martin’s quest. He kept track of every kilometer on the site and was able to meet several dailymilers at races. He loved being able to review his progress. “It was fun seeing how I was doing on the leader board,” he reports. dailymile is, in Parnell’s estimation, a tremendous global forum for any athlete who loves sharing ideas and information with others.
As you might guess, Martin’s favorite race distance is the marathon. He recently competed in the Kilimanjaro Marathon in Tanzania, Africa, finishing in just over five hours. This was part of his “Quests for Kids” initiative. Martin is attempting to complete 10 Quests in 5 years and raise $1 million for Right To Play. This will help 20,000 children. To date, he has completed 7 Quests and raised $530,000.
The race at the top of his bucket list is the London Marathon, but he’d also like to run the Western States 100 and qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Over the years, Martin has learned a lesson or two about running. Most of them he’s learned the hard way. “Not wearing the correct gear for different conditions can get you in trouble,” he says. “When running in -25C conditions, you’ll soon learn that hand warmers are a must.” He’s also learned that he needs to cross train to avoid injury. “At my age, recovering from an injury takes a long time,” he says. “I run to stay in shape.” He enjoys swimming and core workouts and, on occasion, downhill skiing with his 9-year-old granddaughter, Autumn.