10 Million Steps

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #193
  • Date: Sunday Oct 17th 2010
  • Donations to date: $99,244.45
  • Course: Cochrane Town Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 47min 04sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 97 BPM
  • Temperature C: -9C
  • Distance covered to date: 8,144.6km (5056.6ml)
  • Equivalent Flight distance, Calgary to: Kiev, Ukraine
  • Another Marathon in the World today: Spirit of the Osage 50, WO, USA
  • Total number of runners: 10

Big day today. At km 18 I took the 10 millionth step of Marathon Quest 250. Now that's a lot of steps.

This morning, I had arranged to meet a number of runners at the Spray Lake Sports Centre in Cochrane. First to roll up in the paking lot was Runner Hans. I have run with him a couple of times and he was hoping to do a marathon. Next was Runner Jody. I hadn't expected Jody but she had looked up the "Marathon Watch" section in the Cochrane Eagle newspaper. Each week I give an update on how things are going and include my schedule for the following week. Finally the de Boer family arrived. Garth de Boer had emailed me a few days ago and told me that his three sons, with the help of Mum and Dad, had held a bottle drive and raised some money for Right To Play.

At 8.00am our little band of runners headed west along the Bow River, on the red rock pathways. The boys did a tremendous job. During the day, Alexander (12), Logan (9) and Marcus (7) ran sections of the marathon while Garth and his wife, Patricia, kept them company. Runners Kevin and Kathy joined us along the way and the -9C morning turned into a +12C afternoon. At 3.00pm we arrived back at the Spray Lakes Sport Centre and headed inside, to enjoy a picnic prepared by Patricia. In between the ham sandwich and the white chocolate brownies, the boys made a presentation to me. Their bottle drive had raised $1,000 for Marathon Quest 250 / Right To Play. They had the cash in a plastic bottle with the sticker "Message in a bottle". Thanks lads and well done to Hans on completing his first marathon!

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes

Q: Why are teddy bears never hungry?
A: They are always stuffed!

Quote of the Day

"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind."

John Neal

The de Boer family raised $1,000 for Right To Play with a bottle drive

193 Bottle

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