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Local distance runner Gary Robbins takes on huge challenge

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Last fall, Telegram sports brought you the story of endurance runner/ultra-marathoner Gary Robbins. Check it out.

The Mount Pearl native hasnt slowed down since, picking up first place finishes in the 100-mile Hawaii HURT and Diez Vista 50-kilometre trail race where he set a new course records. I got an email from Robbins not too long ago updating me on his latest plan: Conquer the Coasts 2010. Later this month, hell attempt to run a new trail record on the 75km West Coast Trail. But that, along with a host of other grueling races, will be a tuneup for the bigger challenge of trying to set a new record on the Avalon Peninsulas 220km East Coast Trail this September. The only other person to run the entire length of the undulating and craggy trail is Ray Zahab who did it in near 48 hours. Robbins goal is to complete the feat in 24 to 36. But Robbins isnt torturing himself just for the hell of it, hes doing it for a good cause. He hopes to raise $5,000 for Right to Play, whose mission is, To improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace. Admirable, to say the least. Personally, youd have to pay me twice that amount to consider running almost 300km. That said, if you want to donate to Garys cause, do so here or visit Garys blog at Keep it bookmarked. Gary updates regularly and always has an interesting story to tell or video posted. Ever see a man run on water?

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