11-year-old Marathoner Sets World Record Running the World for Children
September 06, 2014
West Chester, PA – On Saturday, September 6th, Nikolas Toocheck became the youngest person in the world, (according to available records) to complete a marathon on all 7 continents with his final run in Asia. True to his word, 11-year-old Nikolas Toocheck ran all seven continents to raise money and awareness for Operation Warm in his campaign “Running the World for Children,” and he did it in less than two years. Operation Warm is a national non-profit founded by Nikolas’s grandfather in 1998 which has provided over 1.4 million brand new winter coats to impoverished children living in the United States.
At age nine, Nikolas Toocheck began his journey to complete all seven marathons and never imagined he would set two world records; he is also the youngest to complete a marathon on Antarctica. “It has been an awesome experience!” Nikolas said of his accomplishment. “I have been to amazing places, met the coolest people, and seen how other kids live. I know how lucky I am, and I want to help other kids by raising money for new winter coats.” What motivates this young dynamo? Nikolas says, “I get to do something I love and help kids at the same time. It feels really awesome to be able to do it!”
To date, Nikolas’s “Running the World for Children” campaign has provided brand new winter coats to over 2,000 children in need, raising more than $40,000. Grateful for such incredible support, he set a steep goal to raise $1 million dollars—a dollar for each one of his steps in his 7 marathon goal—resulting in 50,000 brand new coats for children across the country.
Nikolas hopes that his accomplishment will encourage other kids to do what they love for good. As Nikolas likes to say, “I realized early on that you don’t have to be big to make a positive difference in the world.”
To learn more about Nikolas Toocheck and Running the World for Children or to make a donation, please visit: www.nikrunstheworld.com.
Operation Warm, Inc. is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of new winter coats to children in need. Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a new winter coat is healthy, able to attend school regularly and develop a strong self-esteem. To date, Operation Warm has served over 1.4 million children across 43 states. For more information visit: www.operationwarm.org.