Antarctica Bound….Again? 10 Year Old Runs the White Continent Again for Operation Warm

Pocopson, PA – Ten-year-old Nikolas Toocheck is Antarctica bound once again as part of a campaign he launched at age nine called, “Running the World for Children.” His goal is to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents to raise both contributions and awareness for Operation Warm, a nonprofit that provides brand new winter coats to children living in need throughout the United States.

A year ago, Nikolas embarked on his journey to help kids in need by completing his first marathon. He also completed the 2013 inaugural White Continent Marathon last February at age nine, though because of the weather, he was forced to leave after only 18 miles completed on Antarctica and finish the remaining 8.2 miles in Chile. Marathon Adventures owner and creator of the White Continent Marathon, Steve Hibbs, has graciously offered a complimentary opportunity to Nikolas and his dad to complete the entire marathon on the continent. This unprecedented opportunity will happen on January 26, 2014. www.marathon-adventures.com/WhiteContinent2014

Although a bit of a serendipitous detour from his original plan, Nikolas is excited to have this opportunity that typically is a once in a life time event. “I feel so lucky to run again on Antarctica, especially with the penguins! And when people think of Antarctica, they usually think of cold so I hope it inspires them to donate to help keep kids here warm and happy through Operation Warm.” And what does Nikolas say about two Antarctic marathons? “Doing something I love to help others is awesome, and by running there again, I just get to do it more!” Nikolas hopes that what he is doing inspires other kids to realize that they can make a positive difference in the world by doing something they love too.

To date, the “Running the World for Children” campaign, has provided brand new winter coats to over 1,000 children in need, raising more than $20,000.  Nikolas’s goal is to raise $1 million dollars, (a dollar for each step in a 7 marathon goal).  Operation Warm was founded by Nikolas’s grandfather, Richard Sanford. 

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 42 states. For more information visit: www.operationwarm.org.

To learn more about Nikolas Toocheck and Running the World for Children, please visit: www.nikrunstheworld.com.  

Click here to support Nik’s campaign for Operation Warm.

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