Nikolas Toocheck, a 13-year-old from West Chester, Pa., will be the youngest runner in Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C.
But that’s nothing new. Toocheck completed a marathon on every continent by the time he was 11 to benefit Operation Worm.
His new goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states to raise awareness about blindness in children. According to a news release, an estimated 500,000 children become blind each year, but 80 percent of blindness and low vision issues can be prevented or cured with access to proper eye care. Money raised will support Seva’s pediatric programs.
Toocheck has completed marathons in 42 states as part of his Running the World for Children: Stateside Campaign and his plan is to reach No. 50 next summer in San Francisco. Overall, the Marine Corps Marathon will be his 50th.
He started a campaign called Running the World for Children when he was 9 and has raised $42,000.
Toocheck’s father is an eye doctor who has volunteered around the world.
“I can’t imagine not being able to see,” Toocheck said. “I really hope that I can help change that for a lot of kids.”
More information about Toocheck’s goal can be found at www.nikrunstheworld.com.