11-Year-Old Marathoner to Set World Record as He Runs for Charity
Youngest Person to Complete Marathon on All 7 Continents
West Chester, PA – At nine years old, Nikolas Toocheck began a philanthropic journey which he calls Running the World for Children. The idea: To run a marathon on each continent raising money to help kids in need and raise awareness for Operation Warm, a nonprofit that provides brand new winter coats to impoverished children living in the United States. To date, Nikolas has completed marathons on six continents and by completing his seventh, will achieve a new world record.
Already holding the record for the youngest (based on available records) to complete a marathon on Antarctica, this youthful philanthropic adventurer has endeavored to set a world record by being the youngest person ever to complete a marathon on each continent wrapping up this incredibly odyssey in Asia where Nikolas will run the Chenaii Trail Marathon on September 7, 2014.
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 has 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 goals will encourage other kids to pursue what they love and do good while doing it. 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.