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

Abbotsford’s Ying Chun Chen recently won a $1-million prize with Lotto 6/49. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Ying Chun Chen recently won the $1-million prize in a Lotto 6/49 draw. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Ying Chun Chen wins Lotto 6/49 $1-million prize

Ticket was purchased at Abbotsford’s FreshCo for the March 6, 2021 draw

Coquihalla elementary Grade 1 teacher Jenny Mossey hands out saplings to students at Rotary Park for them to plant themselves, on April 13, 2021. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Coquihalla students pitch in with Rotary Park re-planting efforts

Popular Hope park trail improved after trees with root rot removed

Kao Macaulay has been charged in relation to a home break-in on March 30 in Abbotsford in which five kittens were stolen. (Facebook photo)
Former Chilliwack man charged with theft of 5 newborn kittens in Abbotsford

Prolific offender Kao Macaulay, 23, accused of breaking into home on March 30

About 80 demonstrators walked through Hope with signs in support of saving the Station House on March 23, 2021. (Photo/Christian Ward)
Public hearing now planned for Hope’s Station House decision

Council has now taken steps to remove heritage status from historic building

The City of Chilliwack website now has a panel full of customization options for people with disabilities, including an ADHD Friendly Profile. (
VIDEO: City of Chilliwack website offers new options for people with disabilities

The website now has a panel allowing users to adjust just about everything to suit individual needs

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has restricted indoor dining at all restaurants in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 indoor dining, drinking ban extending into May

Restaurant association says patio rules to be clarified

In a 2019 photograph, Yin Yin Din held a picture of her brother Kyaw Naing Din, 54, and her late father Hla Din who passed away in 2014, during a trip to Victoria. (The News files)
Family of B.C. man killed by cop appeals to Attorney General for help

The Din family want B.C. Attorney General David Eby to forward their case to Crown

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
B.C. First Nation says logging activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht concerned about increasing polarization over forestry activities

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Maple Ridge's Doug Ubell caught some photographs recently that he was anxious to share, one taken while on the Trans-Canada Trail looking southwest towards the Pitt River Bridge, and another from on Golden Ears Bridge. (Special to The News)
Traffic on Golden Ears Bridge returning to pre-pandemic levels

Commuters from Greater Vancouver still driving more, taking transit less

Sheila Malcolmson, B.C.’s minister of mental health and addictions (Screen shot)
Minister of mental health tells Surrey audience COVID-19 ‘has made everything worse’

More than 23,000 people in B.C. are receiving medication to treat opioid addiction

Facebook screenshot of the sea lion on Holberg Road. (Greg Clarke Facebook video)
VIDEO: Sea lion randomly spotted on remote B.C. logging road

Greg Clarke was driving home on the Holberg Road April 12, when he saw a large sea lion.

Defence counsel for the accused entered two not guilty pleas by phone to Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Jan. 12. File photo
B.C. seafood company owner fined $25K for eating receipt, obstructing DFO inspection

Richmond company Tenshi Seafood is facing $75,000 in fines as decided March 4 by a provincial court judge

Most Read