Bret Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, is preparing for a competition unlike any other: running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

It’s called the World Marathon Challenge. While Parker, 49, will be joined by up to 60 other participants in the race, he said he is the only participant who has Parkinson’s disease. His goal is to increase awareness about the affliction and raise money for research.

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