The Secret Marathon

a 90 minute documentary


Inspired by a story of courage a young woman and her legendary marathon mentor train in secret for the Marathon of Afghanistan, only to uncover that for the runners, this marathon is much more than just a race.


When legendary marathon runner, Martin Parnell, had a life threatening blood clot he was inspired to recover and run again when he read about the first courageous Afghan woman to participate in a marathon in her own country.  He invited young filmmaker, Kate McKenzie to join him in documenting the journey and trained her to run her first marathon.  Training and preparing in secret to avoid making the race a target for terrorist attack, they journey together to Afghanistan. There they meet several runners along the way, each with their own obstacle to overcome, each determined to support the dream that everyone should be free to run.


The expected completion date for “The Secret Marathon” is 2019.


Our goal is to see this film live on after film festivals and screenings as an educational resource.  We would like to develop a film study for students that allows them to explore issues of equality and gender as well as thinking about the kinds of health and fitness goals they would like to set for themselves. It is our hope that the film will inspire the next generation to be leaders who are passionate about making the world a place where everyone is free to run.


We were able to go to Afghanistan through the generous partnership of telecommunications company, Viiz, but that was only just the beginning. We are currently looking for partners to help us finish production and start post production on this incredible documentary.


We are excited to be partnered with The Marathon of Afghanistan and the charity Free to Run who uses the power of sports to help women and girls overcome the harmful effects of conflict and discrimination.  To learn more about Martin's efforts to raise money for athletic facilities in Bamian click here

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