Toronto Right To Play Marathon

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #154
  • Date: Tuesday Aug 24th 2010
  • Donations to date: $61,740.01
  • Course: Toronto Right To Play Marathon
  • Run time: 6hr 12min 59sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 111 BPM
  • Temperature C: 14C
  • Distance covered to date: 6,498.8km (4,034.8ml)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Douglas, Isle of Man, UK
  • Total number of runners: 28

The wedding on Saturday was brilliant. The bride looked stunning, the groom handsome and the sun came out. In the evening we had a reception and after the meal I noticed grand-daughter Autumn running around and around the  hall. As she went round she would stop at the tables and people would give her money. After she had finished I asked her what she was doing and she said      " I'm doing what you do Papa Martin, I'm getting money for children without toys." She raised $9.50.

Wednesday morning was clear and warm. Tom and I headed over to Nathan Phillps Square and met reporter Connie and Cameraperson Tina from CBC TV. Right To Play's Kristyna had set the day up and at 8.30am Right To Play Boss Johann joined us. After a few words and a warm up we were off. The route was around downtown Toronto and, because of the traffic lights, was a run / walk. My right leg felt pretty good and the first 8km loop took 1 hr.

My cycling friend, David, who I had met on The Tour D'Afrique expedition five years ago, joined us, as did Runner Harold and a number of RTP employees. We had some great support from a number of Torontonians, whilst others were not quite as encouraging. RTP PR person Ashton had lined up a live CBC TV interview at 4.40pm. So on the last lap we headed over to the studio. I chatted with Reporter Carol and then completed the last 4km. I must mention one person who did the whole marathon with me. Robin is organizing a "mini-marathon" at her kids school and I had the pleasure of meeting her children during the run.

We finished the marathon at the Winston Churchill Statue in Nathan Phillips Square. This seemed very appropriate as the great man once said "It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what is required."

Dr Randolph Randolphs book of animal jokes

Q. What do you get when you cross a parrot with a pig?
A. A bird who hogs the conversation.

Quote of the Day

"The thinking must be done first, before training begins."

Peter Coe

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