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Madison woman runs marathon on largest uncharted continent in the world

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MADISON (WKOW) -- It has the most unforgiving climate on the planet and it's the largest uncharted continent in the world, but that's not stopping a Madison woman from running a marathon in Antarctica.

She's doing it to raise money for a local non-profit organization, Heartland Farm Sanctuary. Kelly Parrish will leave in two and a half weeks for an adventure of a lifetime. She wants to run a marathon or half-marathon on all seven continents and she's already finished four.

"I started running about seven years ago. I started with a two mile race and then a 5K and then I worked my way up to marathons," said Parrish.

Parrish will go kayaking, visit with penguins and check out the icebergs in Antarctica, but it's the money she's raising for Heartland Farm Sanctuary that means the most.

"Not only do they help animals, but they help people because a lot of the animals here become therapy animals for kids with special needs and adults," said Parrish.

Only about 200 people from around the world will race on King George Island on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Parrish says the chilly weather we've all been a little bummed about here in Madison has actually been perfect training weather.

"It's summer in Antarctica now and it has been warmer there than here," said Parrish.

Parrish has completed races in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

She has raised about $700 dollars for Heartland Farm Sanctuary and her goal is $1000.

Click here to help the organization and learn more about the cause. If you're curious about the Antarctica Marathon, click here.

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