The marathon is a long-distance foot race with
an official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards, or
exactly 267⁄32 miles) that is usually run as
a road race. The event is named after the fabled run of the Greek
soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to
Athens. The historical accuracy of this legend is in doubt,
contradicted by accounts given by Herodotus, in particular.
The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in
1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921.
More than 800 marathons are contested throughout the world each
year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational
athletes. Larger marathons can have tens of thousands of
Read more about
the marathon at Wikipedia.
The following questions we asked by a grade 6 class at Mount View
School in Calgary, Alberta:
- Why are you doing this?
- Because I want people to know about the work done by the
charity Right To Play. They use sport and other physical activities
to help children improve their health, develop
life skills and foster peace. I also hope to raise money for the
- Do you want to do this?
- Yes, its a huge challenge and I'm not sure if I can do it but I
want to try.
- When did you first start running?
- 7 years ago, at the age of 47, I ran 1 km out and 1km back to
- Why are you bald?
- I blame my Dad
- Are you pushing yourself too hard?
- When I do marathons I run for 9 mins and walk for 1 min. That's
when I drink and get my calories. Also, I am having two days of
rest each week and my doctor is monitoring my health as I go.
- What shoes are best for running?
- I use Asics running and Salomon trail shoes, but it depends on
what you need from a shoe. You have to choose one which suits
- Where is your favourite place to run?
- I love the Cochrane Foothills Marathon course, which is good
because I have to run it about 190 times next year!. The course is
in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and on a clear day the view
of the mountains is fantastic
- How much do you eat each day?
- The key meal is breakfast: cereal, banana, yogurt, berries,
milk. The rest of the day I eat healthily, lots of fruit and
vegetables.I have to think about the amount of calories I've used
each day and try to replace them. But I like a treat sometimes like
a bar of chocolate or fish and chips.
- Are you in good enough health to do this
- I think so and so does my doctor. I plan to be monitored
through out the year.
- How much sleep do you need?
- I try and get between 8 and 9hrs a night
- How can we help you succeed?
- I want to run at 60 schools during the year. I'd like the
students to follow the Daily blog on the website and carry out
class activities based on the information. Also I'd love you to
send me comments.Just knowing that people are taking an interest in
what I'm doing will really make a difference.
- Do you get sore muscles? What do you do for
- Yes I get sore muscles but right after a marathon I drink 1
litre of chocolate milk and this helps. Also, I make sure I take
enough nutrition on the run, so that I don't get cramp and I
stretch after my runs.
- What about chaffing and blister?
- I make sure my feet are dry and my runners are not too
- What special clothing, shoes, undergarments do you use
for running in the cold?
- I wear long johns and a long -sleeved woollen shirt.I wear snow
shoes or grips if the weather turns icy.
- What about the bathroom?
- If you've gotta go, you've gotta go.
- Do you play any other sports?
- Yes, tennis, old timer hockey and table tennis. I also like to
do triathalon ( swim, bike, run )
- What if you can't do it
- You have to try things that you may not be able to do, if
you've tried your best and it doesn't work out so be it. The key
thing is to give it a go. It's always best to try things you want
to do, rather than look back and think" I wish I
Believe it or not!
By the time Martin has run all the 250 marathons he will have
climbed an elevation greater than a vertical marathon (42.2km) or
equal to 5 Mount Everests!!! How many CN Towers is that?
Every race needs a pace car. Keep you eyes open at a school near
you for the Pace Car's arrival. This Mazda RX8 is the same model
they used in the first "X-Men" movie. Wolverine, where are you?
You have hero's: Parents, Spiderman, Sponge Bob and generally
they're older than you. Well I have hero's in the sporting world
and most of them are older than me and I'm 54!!!
Check out the Fantastic Five plus 1:
Martin has illustrated a childrens book "Riverbank Friends". The
book was written by Terranne Roberts, Martin's mother in law.
Terryanne is an accomplished poet and lives in Mudeford, Dorset,
This is the charming poem of five animal friends who live along
the riverbank. We follow Wilma Water-Rat, Victor Vole, Mistress
Mabel Mouse, Thomas T Toad and Ferdinand Frog as they have many
adventures through the Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
The book can be purchased at
www.lulu.com and 20% of all proceeds will go to Right To