200th

Posted by martin.parnell |

Below are the Latest Marathon stats:

  • Marathon: #200 (50 to go, 67 days left)
  • Date: Monday Oct 25th 2010
  • Donations to date: $115,317.88
  • Course: Calgary Pathways Marathon
  • Run time: 5hr 17min 24sec (See Garmin Connect)
  • Aver. Heart Rate: 105 BPM
  • Temperature C: -6C
  • Distance covered to date: 8,440.0km (5,240.0ml)
  • Total number of runners: 7

I finally arrived at the day I've been thinking about for months, #200. During the summer (?), when I was injured and running in the rain, I kept saying to myself "get me to 200". Well it's here so get going. My first stop was at CBC Radio in Calgary for a chat with Jim Brown on the "Eye Opener". Then it was off to Eau Claire Market and the Good Earth cafe. Reporter Kevin from CTV met me outside and, after a few words, he took some footage. The plan was to run a 10km out and back and start the next loop at 10.30am. I headed west along the Bow and at the 4.5km mark I passed a sign warning about coyotes. I had been this way dozens of times and took no notice. This time I should have. 20m down the path a coyote was crossing into the bush. My spidy senses kicked into full gear and I very carefully made my way to the 5km turn around. It was then back to the cafe in double time.

Reporters David (CBC TV), Bill (Canadian Press) and Gavin (Calgary Herald) were waiting for me so we had a good old chin wag. Runners Kathy, Kevin, Roy, Elaine and Pete had arrived and our happy little band headed back west along the Bow. I didn't see much point in telling them about my encounter with the coyote. On the final loop Roy, Elaine and Pete left us but Don joined us. Don works upstairs in Eau Claire Market and had heard what was going on. He has a 6 year old son Sam and I'm planning on going to Sam's school to run with him.

Finally, I want to thank Tom and Lyle for sponsoring today's marathon for $1,000 each. Tom introduced me to Right To Play 18 months ago. Lyle and his wife did the same Africa bike trip that I did in 2005. Many thanks.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes

Q: Why did the snake cross the road?
A: To get to the other ssssssside!

Quote of the Day

"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know:  the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve."

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer

The 200th gang: Kevin, Kathy, Roy, Elaine and Pete (missing Don)

200 Group

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