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Cinéfest film follows former Sudburian who trained alongside Afghan women in country's national marathon

Martin Parnell also presenting a public lecture at Cambrian College next week 

Imagine having to train, in secret, for a marathon out of fear for your personal safety?

That’s what former Sudbury resident Martin Parnell and a number of Afghan women experienced a few years ago as they trained together to run in the country’s national marathon. 

The story is the subject of a film called The Secret Marathon being screened at Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.

Parnell is also the author of a book by the same name.

He'll be describing his experiences at a free, public lecture at Cambrian College, Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the eDome.

After his lecture, Parnell will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for sale.

Some of the proceeds of the book are used to support Right to Play, which is giving children around the world the opportunity to play and learn.

Parnell is a world-record-holding marathon runner. He once ran 250 marathons in a year to raise money for Right to Play.

Register for this free, public lecture here.

Check out the trailer for the movie below: