Steve McNeil, the mailman who has skated 34 marathons of 19 hours and 26 minutes for Alzheimer’s will do it again Jan. 14 – he is asking folks to do the Canadian thing and join in.
McNeil, 61, says he knows he will not have the stamina forever to skate eight to 10 marathons each winter so he’s hoping over 50 skating parties will be held Jan. 14 from coast to coast to coast. This year he will only skate the one marathon in Kingston at Springer Market Square, however it will be live-streamed at 2 p. m. in various time zones across Canada on social media so everyone with a phone and party skaters can participate. There is a webcam at the rink so folks can also watch.
He is calling the second Saturday in January 1926 National Skate Day for Alzheimer’s and he is inviting folks in communities across Canada to organize skating parties to support the cause and donate $19.26 to their local Alzheimer Society.
He skates as a tribute to his mother, who died of the disease and all the caregivers looking after loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia. He will step on the ice at 12.01 a.m. Jan. 14 and skate until 7.26 p.m. His mother was born in 1926 thus the name of the skate.
For more information McNeil’s website is www.1926Skate.com or contact the local Alzheimer Society. All donations stay in each local community.