The Secret Marathon 2

The Secret Marathon

Martin Parnell's third book takes the reader on an inspirational journey into a country known for political chaos and female oppression.  “The children were stoning us, the people said bad words like 'prostitutes, why don't you stay at home? You are destroying Islam.'" - Zainab, Afghanistan's first female marathon runner. In 2016, Martin Parnell went on a journey that many believed was madness: running a marathon in Afghanistan in a quest to fight for women's rights and gender equality.                                    To pre-order book click here.                  

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Keynotes and Workshops

Martin's inspirational story will demonstrate how one person, through determination and persistence can affect change. As someone who went from the mining industry to becoming an athlete ambassador for Right To Play, Martin will take you on a journey that will both amaze and inspire. read more...

In Action

Martin has made numerous keynote presentations across Canada and the UK. Clients include Human Resource Institue of Alberta, Contron Construction, NWT Parks and Rec., Avanti Software, Sun Life Financial, Raymond James, Alberta Parks and Rec., Rotary 5360 DisCon, and Scouts Canada. 

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Giving Back

Free to Run’s mission is to use running, physical fitness and outdoor adventure to empower and educate women and girls who have been affected by conflict. Free to Run supports those living within conflict areas as well as those who have been forced to flee and live as refugees outside of their home countries. So please support Free to Run and make a donation.