Lo­cal marathon run­ner to take on Antarc­tica

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Grey Lynn res­i­dent Tracy Hick­man has just one more con­ti­nent to tick off be­fore she can say she’s run a marathon on all of them.

In 2015, she was run­ning in the foothills of Kil­i­man­jaro. In Au­gust last year, it was the Mon­go­lian moun­tains. She even cel­e­brated her 50th birth­day in Septem­ber with a marathon in South Amer­ica.

But now, it’s a much tougher task - the icy plains of Antarc­tica.

She’s been on the wait­ing list for four years, but on March 11 she’ll fi­nally get her shot at just one of two marathons run in the world’s south­ern­most re­gion.

The ac­coun­tant has been train- ing for the run in one of her client’s com­mer­cial freezer.

‘‘They have a mas­sive, ware­house-sized freezer which they cranked down to mi­nus 18.8 de­grees and put the fans on to sim­u­late the wind chill,’’ she said.

‘‘I re­alised straight away I needed new gloves and new tights.’’

The 42 kilo­me­tre course takes runners through Antarc­tica’s King Ge­orge’s Is­land, though Hick­man ad­mit­ted she won’t know ex­actly what to ex­pect un­til she ar­rives.

‘‘Tem­per­a­ture-wise, they told us any­thing be­tween mi­nus 5 de­grees and -20C,’’ she said.

‘‘It could be slushy mud, it could be an­kle deep ice wa­ter, or it could be snow and ice.’’

SAM HEWAT/FAIRFAX NZ

Tracy Hick­man, 50, is run­ning a marathon in Antarc­tica next month.

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