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    Contestant #8: Martin Parnell


    You may remember Martin Parnell as the “Marathon Quest 250 guy” and winner of a prestigious iRun Award in 2010. Parnell is back, this time as a Running Blog Idol 2.0 finalist, where he will write about running for charity. While he certainly hasn’t forgotten how to have fun on the run, he’s serious about using the sport as a vehicle to raise funds for Right to Play.  The 57-year-old from Cochrane, AB, shares the ups and downs of his very public fundraising campaign.

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!