Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Bob the Builder Award: "Marathon Man"

Meet Martin Parnell.

Snow, sleet and the dead of heat summer will not stop him.

Nope, he is not a postal worker (shout out to ours--Mark!).  But he is Canadian.

And he is a marathoner.

He is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill (pun intended) marathoner.

In 2010, he ran 250 marathons.  Yes, you read that right.  In ONE year.

That averages FIVE A WEEK!  Just a mere 6,550 miles.

Mark is a ROTARIAN (in Portugal, they were say "clato" which translates to "well, of course" in the tone my mother would say it) and believes that all kids should have the chance to play sports.

So, as the Rotarian way goes, Mark put his money where his mouth is.  He has a goal to raise $1,000,000.00 for a group called "Right to Play."  They are non-profit organization that specializes in bringing sporting opportunities to disadvantaged kids.

Marathons are not the only way he is working to achieve this goal.

The other is venturing out on 10 "quests" which already include setting two world records.  Read about one of them here....


This is just one, of many reasons, that I am proud to be a Rotarian.  :)

Ready, set, GO MARK!