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In June 2011 I was invited to speak at the IdeaCity11 conference in Toronto by Moses Znaimer. Moses heads up ZoomerMedia Ltd which includes Zoomer magazine, Vision TV and CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons). Six months earlier I had completed running 250 marathons in one year and Moses wanted me to relate how and why I had taken this on. The presentations are along the lines of a TED talk, each speaker has 17 minutes. In total there were 50 topics over three days and some of the speakers included Conrad Black, Jeffrey Simpson and Deepak Chopra.

In February I received an invite to be a guest at this year’s IdeaCity. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to catch up on some great speakers and I said yes. One of the main reasons I was keen to attend was the appearance of Janette Wakelin-Murray and Alan Murray. During 2013 I had followed Janette and Alan’s exploits across Australia.

Their plan was to run a marathon a day and circumnavigate around the continent. They left Melbourne on January 1st and one year and one day later, after completing 366 marathons, they arrived back in Melbourne. A couple of key facts about Janette and Alan, they are both in their 60’s and they eat a completely raw diet.

On the first morning of the conference I arrived at registration and bumped into Alan and Janette. They spoke later on in the day and did a terrific job. We spent time together over the three days and discussed the role of medicine/science versus a healthy life style.

Speaker topics included 3D printing of body parts, drugs to reduce bone loss and organ banking through a flash freezing process. Moses joked that it would be great to “refresh organs” as needed. Alan, Janette and I wondered that instead of switching out body parts maybe a healthy life style would allow us to keep the ones we have a little longer.

At the end of the conference I said goodbye to Janette and Alan. They were heading back to Aussie the next day so I gave them a copy of MARATHON QUEST for the journey. They have a book, “RUNNING OUT OF TIME”, coming out in mid-August. Can’t wait. What an inspirational couple.

Quote of the week:

“If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” 

Alberta Einstein

Hanging out with Alan and Janette at IdeaCity conference in Toronto


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