PENGUINS DON'T RUN fast. Or so Nik Toocheck has heard.
The 9-year-old West Chester boy will see for himself this weekend when he arrives in King George Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, where he'll run his second full-distance marathon amid the glaciers, icebergs and wildlife of the South Pole in the first White Continent Marathon.
Next Monday's race is the second step in Nik's mission to run marathons on seven continents. He would be the youngest person to accomplish that feat and, based on available data, the youngest person to run a marathon in Antarctica.
Is the fourth-grader nervous?
"A little bit, but not really," he said, adding that he can't wait to see the penguins. Nik said he'll brave the balmy 35-degree temperatures with layers of fleece, a waterproof jacket and a T-shirt, and has been training regularly with his dad for the long distance. As the date draws closer, Nik only gets more excited.