Life is a Relay | Martin Parnell

Sharing his own stories of personal tragedy and triumph, Martin Parnell tells us that life is a relay. In this humorous and insightful presentation, Martin takes us from exploding out of the blocks to hitting your stride, and finally to passing the baton to the next wave of change makers. Martin is passionate about making a difference in the world, and inspiring others to do the same. He lives by his adage, “In life you don’t have to do much but you have to do something.”

In 2010, following a 25-year career in mining, Martin started his “Quests for Kids” initiative. Over the next five years he completed 10 “Quests”. These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. At the end of 2014, he had raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play and 27,000 children had been given the gift of hope.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at