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NYC Bar Leader Runs Seven Marathons in Seven Days, Raising $210K (New York Law Journal)

New York Law Journal, February 8, 2018

NYC Bar Leader Runs Seven Marathons in Seven Days, Raising $210K

“Earlier this week, Bret Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, completed the World Marathon Challenge, competing in and finishing seven marathons in seven days on seven continents. After embarking on his first marathon in the challenge in Antarctica on Jan 30, Parker started and finished his last race in Miami on Monday. In between he finished marathons in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lisbon, Portugal; and Cartagena, Colombia. The race was ‘completely difficult, both physically and mentally,’ Parker said in an interview on Thursday. ‘It was really hard but such an adventure. It was a great experience to be able to see all these places in one week.’ He said he has bruises and blisters on his feet and a sore hip but is ‘doing pretty well’ considering the last week. He said he will be back in the city bar office on Monday. While Parker, 49, raced with up to 50 other participants, he was the only runner with Parkinson’s disease. His goal was to increase awareness of Parkinson’s and raise money for research. As of midday Thursday, Parker had raised more than $210,000, surpassing an $180,000 goal.”

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