Mackay's Ice Cream Marathon

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #141
  • Date: Sunday Aug 1st 2010
  • Donations to date: $56,814.11
  • Course: Mackay's Ice Cream Marathon
  • Run time: 6hr 23min 37sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 96 BPM
  • Temperature C: 12C
  • Distance covered to date: 5,950.2km (3,694.2ml)
  • Another Marathon in the World today: Yukon Valley, YK, Canada
  • Total number of runners: 4

Today, Mackay's Ice Cream Store was sponsoring a marathon. I found out the history of the store, when I chatted with Mrs.Mackay Senior, a few days ago. She told me that the store was established in 1948 and originally sold general goods. It then went into ice cream and has never looked back. I ran from my house and on the way I watched the cyclists doing the bike portion of the Ironman 70.3 Calgary. They had swum in Ghost Lake and then rode the Horse Creek loop. They would end up in calgary and run the Glenmore reservoir.

I arrived at the shop at 10.00am and met store owner Rhona. Robin is co owner but she was away on a big hike this weekend. Rhona got the help of her niece Megan and they hung the Right To Play banner from the front of the shop. It was time for me to select my first ice cream of the day. The plan was to run the marathon on water, electrolyte tabs and ice cream. Fortunately, Mackay's have a "Performance Series " of cones so I selected the Halo Halo flavour to start with. During the day I had liquorice, maple walnut and milk chocolate almond flavours. Runners Kathy and Kevin joined Rhona and myself as we looped around and around the block. Unfortunately, no ice-cream eaters joined us for a loop or two, but no worries. Things were going well up to the 35km mark when I felt a twinge in the right leg. Having had a good day so far, I decided to walk home and not irritate it any more.

Mackay's had a donation box set up at the end of the store and they said that they would donate the proceeds from all "Kiddy Cones" sold. Also Rhona told me that the ice cream servers had decided to give all tips to Right To Play. Now that is very cool.

Ice Cream Quest 47

The challenge is to try all 47 flavours at Mackay's ice cream store before midnight December 31st.

  • Today's flavours:
  • #19: Halo Halo
  • #20: Liquorice
  • #21: Maple Walnut
  • #22: Milk Chocolate Almond

Quote of the Day

"The coach's main job is 20 percent technical and 80 percent inspirational."

Franz Stampfl

Kathy, Kevin and Martin take a break

141 Mackays

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