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Marathon man Martin Parnell aims for new record

He might be the only person to set a record in a sport he’s never played.

Cochrane resident Martin Parnell ran 250 marathons in 2010, took part in setting the record for the longest netball game in 2011 and will shoot to play lacrosse for 24 hours this weekend.

“I’ve never played a game before,” said Parnell with a chuckle. “It’s a tough old game.”

Much like his successful attempt to play 61 hours of netball, Parnell has only practiced playing lacrosse recently, even getting some lessons from the Roughnecks’ Geoff Snider.

Parnell has set a goal to raise $1 million in five years for the organization Right to Play and hopes to raise $50,000 towards that goal when he and 45 others commence a day-long game at the South Fish Creek Recreation Complex Arena.

Local owner of the business Hotbox Lacrosse Scott Cable said he was thrilled to partner with Parnell and other lacrosse enthusiasts.

“I think it’s an admirable goal and I hope he achieves it,” said Cable.

Parnell plans to knock off two more “Quests for Kids” this year, traveling to the Cook Islands in September to run 100 km.

In October, he’ll attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the longest indoor soccer game — a sport he’s been playing since he was three.

“Finally, a game I can play," he said.

The lacrosse game begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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