WITH YOUR HELP NICK WILL RUN IN 2018
World Marathon Challenge by the numbers
7 – Global stops via private charter
183.4 – Miles of running
25,000 – Air miles
58 – Hours of flying
59 -Total finishers worldwide
15 – American competitors
1 – New England competitor
0 – Rhode Island competitors
Lets make Nick the FIRST
Running has always been a major part of my life. From my high school days in Acton, Mass., to my college years at SMU in Dallas and after, I loved to get out and run. By the time I reached my early 30s I was finding my stride in the marathon. In my one New York City Marathon I paced several women runners who were attempting to qualify for Boston. They did. In my three Boston Marathons, I ran faster each time, with my best time a 2:45:59, good for 318th place overall out of 14,573 total runners. But in recent years I’ve become more interested in challenging myself with something unconventional. Of course, running a marathon is hard. I just wanted to find something harder.
I first heard about the World Marathon Challenge a few months after the inaugural race in 2015. At the time, suffering from a nagging ankle injury, the race seemed completely out of reach. A year later, my ankle mostly healed, the race attracted more publicity and I was hooked. Between my love of travel, my passion for running, and my desire to compete in a more demanding and unique race, I couldn’t think of anything better than the WMC.
The first marathon will take place on mainland Antarctica. From there the running will heat up with daily stops in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai, UAE; Lisbon, Portugal; and Cartagena, Colombia. The adventure will end on day seven with the final race in Miami, USA.
FRIENDS AND CHARITIES
There’s no way I will be able to even get to the starting line in Antarctica without my coaches and friends at Industrial Revolution CrossFit in my hometown of Pawtucket. The workouts are all about strength and conditioning, from jumping rope and pull ups to swinging kettlebells and powerlifting. The gym’s mission: to build strong bodies and strong minds, and to do it together in the spirit of community. What a place. I’m inspired every day I’m there. Getting up at 5 am never felt so good. I am also gaining a lot of inspiration from my wife, Amanda. She is my No.1 supporter, my life coach, my motivation and these days my masseuse. If financial backing is available, she will go with me on the trip.
Fifteen percent (15%) of all gifts and sponsorships will be divided evenly among three wonderful local charities – the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the March of Dimes, and the RI SPCA. The food bank distributes to 167 member agencies across the state including food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The state SPCA is the third oldest humane organization in the country, at over 145 years old, and is the only non-profit animal rescue organization in the state that is legally able to investigate and prosecute animal cruelty cases.