Local marathon runner to take on Antarctica
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.’’
Tracy Hickman, 50, is running a marathon in Antarctica next month.