Chamber of Commerce Trade Show – May 5th & 6th

Sat 10AM – 5PM / Sun 10AM-4PM at Spray Lakes Recreation Centre - $2 Admission Details


Martin Parnell battled Mother Nature last week as he prepares for his 150km run in honour of Canada's 150th Anniversary on May 27.

Parnell, says while he rarely checks weather reports, last week proved to be arduous. "I got hit on Wednesday with a big downpour and a big dump (of snow) on Thursday, basically on Thursday I wanted to do 30km but I got to 22 and I was soaking wet, I was cold. Winter was back with vengeance."

This week Martin will not only be looking for blue sky and drier conditions but started off his week running a marathon in honour of Kathrine Switzer the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon in 1967.

"This morning she ran it again, the 50th anniversary, a huge day in running history. As I say, she was the first woman to ever run it 50 years ago and this year there are over 13,000 women running the Boston Marathon."

As Martin moves into week six, his sight is set on seeing the needle move on his fundraising goal. Parnell who wholeheartedly supports Right To Play, is hoping Cochranites will jump on board and help him reach $5000.

"We are at $1350 toward the $5000 mark, we are at a time now where I would really like folks to believe in what I am doing and that it's worthwhile, anything helps. Fifty dollars gives any child a Right To Play program for one year, so if people can support what I'm doing that would be fantastic."

As Parnell heads into week 6 he is still in the high peak of training, "we are in the heart of the big mileage right now, this is the key time this week and the following week to get the mileage in before we start tapering." Parnell, adds cross training helps him remain injury free, "very important to do cross training to get the body moving not just running. I do lane swimming and I do core work, and especially in summer I do a bit of bike riding so it's important to mix it up."

This week's advice is to goal set, whether you are a seasoned runner or just getting off the couch, Parnell has some great tips.

"Set a goal; the reason I am doing all this crazy mileage is I have set a goal of running the Calgary Marathon 150km ultra but for anyone starting off, whether off the couch or hasn't run in awhile, I would suggest looking at the Calgary Marathon 5km walk or run if you want to give it a shot . Pick a goal, if you did a 5km last year maybe look at the 10km, always look for something to shoot for and that will give impetus for your training."

Chamber of Commerce Trade Show – May 5th & 6th

Sat 10AM – 5PM / Sun 10AM-4PM at Spray Lakes Recreation Centre - $2 Admission Details


More Local Sports

Elijah Springer Claims Bronze at Nationals

Elijah Springer has capped off his 2017-18 wrestling season as a bronze medallist in the Canadian cadet wrestling championship. Had he not cramped up he may even have finished higher. Competing in…

Conlon Third Straight Cobras QB to Sign with University Team

A visit to Windsor University confirmed why Brett Conlon was interested in signing on the dotted line with the Lancers. Conlon has since signed with the football team and its sense of family was one…

Bronze Medal at Nationals for U18 Curler Hannah Airey

A Cochrane U18 curler has added a national medal to her trophy case with Team Alberta's success at the Canadian U18 women's championship, Apr. 9-14, in St. Andrews, N.B. Hannah Airey, 16, was lead in…

Snap Dancers Dance For the Cochrane Activettes

It was a busy weekend of hairspray and false eyelashes as one hundred entries from Snap Dance Studios took the stage at the Dance For Dreams Charity Competition last weekend. Alison Stutz, Studio…

Bronze Medal for GU16 Wolfpack in Provincials

Members of the Wolfpack GU16 team have bronze medals dangling from their necks from the provincial Tier II championship hosted in Calgary in March. After finishing second in their pool, the Wolfpack…

Bow Valley League Pay Homage to Broncos

There's a friendly rivalry in the Bow Valley Adult Hockey League (BVAHL) and while many are friends, it can get pretty intense on the ice, especially during the playoffs. The Blazers and Drillers…

Mother Nature Just Doesn't Want to Cooperate

Field sports teams are likely reminiscing about last year's relatively uninterrupted good weather when they look out to see much snow remains on the fields here in mid-April with more snow falling…

Second Last Competition for Cochrane Figure Skaters

Cochrane figure skaters had another great showing at their latest competition. Seven skaters from the Cochrane Skating Club attended the Chinook Open competition last weekend (April 6 and 7) in…

Snap Dance Studios Gains More Square Footage

With no shortage of dancers in Cochrane, Snap Dance Studios is expanding their footprint by taking over the former roasterie Coffee Traders. While their newly acquired space is not right beside them,…

Dream Realized: Grizzlies are Moving Up to Premier Rugby League

The Provincial Tier 2 rugby champions are climbing the ladder to the top league in Alberta. The Grizzlies will be playing their first season in the premier league, the highest ranked rugby league in… is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Upcoming Events

Connection Cafe

24 April 2018 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Cochrane Alliance Church

Get together to cowork & have a coffee.

24 April 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Corner Coworking

Fly Tying Club

24 April 2018 7:00 pm

Cochrane Alliance Church