I want to send a shout out to a remarkable man who lives in my hometown of Cochrane, Alberta.
His name is Martin Parnell, and he has just spent the past 12 months completing 250 marathons. Yes, you read that right - in 365 days, he ran 250 marathons.
What an amazing achievement. And with the greatest respect to Martin, he's no spring chicken - he's a man in his 50's, who while semi-retired, put his life on hold for a whole year to help others. I have been carefully watching his endeavours through our local press - and he has been to visit both of my girl's schools - but I don't know how wide-spread his progress was circulated. By my reckoning, it should have been on national TV!
He was raising cash for "Right to Play" - Right To Play is an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world.
The aim was to raise $250,000 by the end of 2010, and I think he has so far reached about $226,000.
So for now, he just aims to just keep on running for a wee while longer 'till he reaches his magic goal.
I'm exhausted just thinking about it and writing this couple of paragraphs. I think I need a lie-down!
Martin - my hat is well and truly doffed in your direction.
Good luck with the last few $$$, and if anyone else is tempted to throw another $10 or $25 or $100 dollars in his direction, I suspect he and many, many children will be eternally grateful.