Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)

Zack Martyn will be running the loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours to raise money for the BC Lung Association between Friday, Feb. 19 and Sunday, Feb. 21. Martyn will be running every four hours for 24 hours, starting at 9 a.m. on Friday with his last run at kicking off at 5 a.m. on Sunday. (YouTube)

Harrison firefighter launches ‘No Fun Run’ for BC Lung Association

Zack Martyn will be running four miles every four hours for two days

Zack Martyn is preparing for 48 hours of gruelling exercise and exhaustion — for a good cause of course.

On Friday, February 19, Martyn will be starting his No Fun Run, four miles every four hours for 48 hours, in support of the BC Lung Association.

“I used to have asthma up until my teens,” Martyn said about why he wanted to support the association with a fundraiser. “I had some pretty scary points where I almost died, and it just seemed like it kind of hits home.”

Last year, Martyn and three other members of the Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department participated in the annual Climb the Wall fundraiser. Firefighters across the province gathered together to climb up 48 flights of stairs in full gear to raise money for the BC Lung Association.

RELATED: Solid Climb the Wall showing for local firefighters

“We all thought it was going to be a bit of a joke because there are so many people doing it,” Martyn said. “By floor eight, you’re like ‘Oh no. I have to do 40 more of these? I’m going to die.’

“But when you get finished it, it’s like ‘That was awesome, I want to do it again.’”

This year, COVID-19 has put Climb the Wall on hold. Although the BC Lung Association is hosting a virtual fundraiser where participants count their steps to get to the top of the provincial leaderboard, Martyn felt that didn’t have enough pain and suffering to make for a really good fundraiser.

He decided to put together the No Fun Run instead.

Based on an annual event created by American ultra-marathon runner, the No Fun Run will see Martyn running a loop around Harrison Hot Springs 12 times in 48 hours.

“It sounded like a real difficult journey to do for this kind of thing,” he said. “Might as well try to raise money for the BC Lung Association again.”

Starting from the entrance to the village on Hot Springs Road at 9 a.m. on Friday, he will run up to the lagoon, and then back down on McCombs Drive. At 1 p.m., he’ll start all over again. Then again a 5 p.m., 1 a.m., and so on until his final run at 5 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21.

“I can run six and a half kilometres, pretty okay. But I’ve never done more than one a day,” he said.

“I’m thinking the 1 a.m., 5 a.m. runs are going to be pretty rough,” he added.

SEE ALSO: Weekend bike trek for BC Lung a tradition for Chilliwack family

Martyn is collecting donation through Facebook for the BC Lung Association. As of Tuesday, Feb. 16, he has raised $1,310 — no small feat for someone who came up with the No Fun Run idea less than a month ago.

“I’m already amazed of how far its got,” he said. “There were maybe $300 or $400 between the four of us last year for Climb the Wall. I never thought I’d even hit $1,000.”

Although he is accepting donations from people who cannot donate through Facebook, he says the online platform is best for those who want to make sure they get a tax receipt for their donations.

Martyn is hoping to raise $2,000 before he kicks off his run on Friday morning. He said he would be happy to have support from residents as he runs as well, although doesn’t want the No Fun Run to turn into a group event because of COVID-19.

“I don’t want to create a group function … but if anyone wants to wave or say hi on the way by” they are more than welcome.

To donate to the BC Lung Assciation through Martyn’s No Fun Run, visit his Facebook page The NO FUN RUN…for Lungs! where his run will be livestreamed on Feb. 19 through 21.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Bug Girl, written by seven-year-old Sophia Spencer, is being given to 500 B.C. classrooms as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month. (Submitted photos)
Reading challenges part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month

Abbotsford-based BC Agriculture in the Classroom participates in 10th annual event

Two teens were sent to hospital after being stabbed Saturday evening. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Two teens stabbed in Abbotsford

20-year-old man has been detained

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Feb. 28

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Alina Durham, mother of Shaelene Bell, lights candles on behalf of Bell’s two sons during a vigil on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO and PHOTOS: Candlelight vigil for Shaelene Bell of Chilliwack sends message of hope

Small group of family, friends gathered to shine light for 23-year-old mother missing for four weeks

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Inez Louis, who is strategic operations planner with the health department in the Sto:lo Service Agency, talks about infection control in the latest YouTube video about COVID-19 created in partnership with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice and the Chilliwack Economic Recovery Network. (YouTube)
VIDEO: Nurse Inez Louis explains how infection control is not social control

The difference is important for Indigenous people to hear in the context of Canada’s colonial past

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Approximate location of the vehicle incident. (Google Maps)
Vehicle incident blocking Coquihalla traffic in both directions

Both directions of traffic stopped due to vehicle incident

Judith Uwamahoro is Black, approximately 4’7″ tall, 80 pounds and has short black hair and brown eyes. (Surrey RCMP handout)
UPDATED: Lower Mainland 9-year-old located after police make public plea

Judith Uwamahoro went missing Friday at around 4 p.m. in Surrey

Most Read