27th Annual International Dinner

27th Annual International Dinner

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Secret Marathon featuring keynote speaker, Martin Parnell.

Join us for an evening of international food as Martin Parnell takes the audience on an inspirational journey into a country known for political chaos and female oppression.  In 2016, Martin went on an adventure that many believed was madness: running a marathon in Afghanistan in a quest to fight for women's rights and gender equality.

This event is appropriate for all ages. 

Cocktails  5:00 p.m.  |  Dinner 6:30 p.m.  |  Speaker 7:30 p.m. 

Science Commons Atrium  |  University of Lethbridge

Free parking available in Lot E and N.

A silent auction in support of the International Students' Emergency Bursary will be available for bidding throughout the night.

Purchase Tickets 

Tickets may also be purchased at the Scotiabank West Lethbridge Branch (Towne Centre, 550 University Dr West)

Tickets:  Adults $75  |  Table (8) $525  |  Students $50 | Child $50

For internal departments that would like to process their payment through internal transfer, please email international@uleth.ca.

For more information, please call 403-329-2053 or email international@uleth.ca

Thanks to our event supporting sponsor:  

Event Menu provided by LA Chefs
Plated entrée for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan guests
All dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Please let us know dietary restrictions by February 18th.

Artisan rolls
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Falafel Balls
Teriyaki Sesame Crusted Salmon
Traditional British Beef Wellington (short ribs)
Italian Caesar Salad
Russian Potato Salad
Seasonal Mixed Garden Salad with dressings
Thai Noodle Salad
Garlic Mashed Potato
Italian Roasted Vegetable Board
Aloo Gobhi
Caribbean Golden Rum Cake
Fresh Fruit Display


Martin Parnell

Guest Speaker: Martin Parnell

In 2010, following a 25-year mining career, Martin Parnell 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.

Martin's first book "MARATHON QUEST" was published by Rocky Mountain Books and CBC Radio listed him as one of Alberta's top five authors, for 2014. His second book, “RUNNING TO THE EDGE”, was released in November 2016. The final book of The Marathon Trilogy, “THE SECRET MARATHON-Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport” was published on October 30th 2018.

Martin is also Executive Producer of “THE SECRET MARATHON” documentary which had its World Premiere screening on September 22nd 2019 at the Cinefest Film Festival in Sudbury, Ontario. Through keynotes and workshops, Martin shares his message of having a “Finish the Race Attitude – Set goals, overcome obstacles and achieve outstanding results”.

Martin is married to Sue, and has three children and three grandchildren.


The Secret Marathon Official Trailer


The Secret 3K  |  March 4, 2020  |  Lethbridge, Alberta


Marathon of Afghanistan documentary has uLethbridge connection

Alumna Kate McKenzie (BA/BEd '07)