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9 year old boy plans to run Antartica marathon

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24/02/2013 at 11:54
Nik Toocheck wants to run a marathon on every continent by age of 11. He ran the Delaware marathon in December 2012 and is doing his second marathon in the Antartica next week. http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=18540119 From the article, it seems like his parents have made sure he's healthy and able to run long distances, but is it really good for kids to run such long distances that young?
24/02/2013 at 14:16

If the medics have given him the ok then I say it makes a nice change from hearing about the obesity epidemic in kids...

24/02/2013 at 16:13

Who needs knees in old age anyway?

 

seren nos    pirate
24/02/2013 at 16:17

in this country you cannot until you are 18.......can you rememeber the indian boy running them when he was young........

The body is still developing and the knees on children are particulary vunerable.......but as he is american no doubt he can sue his parents in 30 years time if he can't run at all

25/02/2013 at 10:23

Ha! Seren, that did make me laugh  

I did wonder about the impact on his development too

25/02/2013 at 10:36

Parents wanting to bathe in the reflected glory of their kids achievements ....... and exactly what does running in a marathon in antartica prove? Especially as it will be much hotter than England is right now ......

09/04/2013 at 18:37

What about the cost?!

I know its costs around EURO 10k to enter and that doesn't include flights etc.,

09/04/2013 at 19:13

saw a thing in the paper the other day of this 9 year old lad who has bagged all the munros.

he is called Ben!

wee smartarse.

09/04/2013 at 20:16

Going to Antarctica is irresponsible - it shouldn't be s tourist destination.  Like or not, our species has an impact everywhere we go - boat fuel and oil in the water, aeroplane polution, noise polution, etc.

And this is for nothing other than bragging rights.

09/04/2013 at 21:17

Junglechicken - that was my first thought too: his parents must be loaded!

DF3 - this just shows there's hope for you: he 'completes' them with no long training runs...

10/04/2013 at 01:08

Junglechicken - Perhaps he is going to raise sponsership & and use a percentage of that to cover his costs.

I seem to remember reading about a couple of students who had a similar idea.

10/04/2013 at 09:15
literatin wrote (see)

Junglechicken - that was my first thought too: his parents must be loaded!

DF3 - this just shows there's hope for you: he 'completes' them with no long training runs...

lol, I did notice that there was no mention of actual times .......only proving my point that any idiot can complete a marathon, time is the only realistic measure of how well you did.

 

10/04/2013 at 09:50

It does mention times, it says 'just under 6 hours'. That sounds like a good target for you to beat in a few weeks.

Bear in mind that you've got longer legs than him, though.

Edited: 10/04/2013 at 09:50
10/04/2013 at 10:14

"Nikolas runs at most five days a week, three to five miles a day"

 

Weren't you all laughing at me for having a similar training regime

 


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