Nick Nicholson holds the medals he received from running 50k (31.1 mile) ultra-marathons in different states across the Midwest last week. Nicholson ran at Crystal Cove Park in South Sioux City on July 12. His ultimate goal is to run 1,000 marathons in four years.
Nick Nicholson holds the medals he received from running 50k (31.1 mile) ultra-marathons in different states across the Midwest last week. Nicholson ran at Crystal Cove Park in South Sioux City on July 12. His ultimate goal is to run 1,000 marathons in four years.

Running a marathon is a lofty goal for many people. A goal that takes a lot of preparation and training.

For Nick Nicholson, 49, running a marathon is nearly a daily event.

Nicholson, who lives in London, is on a quest to set the world record for running the most sanctioned marathons, 26.2 miles, and ultramarathons, 31.1 miles, in 365 days.

Technically, he set the records in the summer of 2017, but he's trying to push it even higher.

“I'm just trying to push them that much higher to make it more difficult for the next guy,” Nicholson said.

He has travelled the globe attending different events to add to his record-setting list as the marathons only count if they are officially sanctioned.

He made his way to Crystal Cove in South Sioux City July 12 for a race in the Prairie Series of a runners' group called Mainly Marathons.

In the Prairie Series, Nicholson ran seven ultramarathons in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and then Missouri– 31.1 miles of running per day for seven days.

“I actually just stay tired,” he quipped.

Nicholson's passion for running started in 2014 when he ran five marathons and 15 ultramarathons. In 2015, Nicholson ran 26 marathons. He also got divorced.

“After that, I was sort of reinventing myself, if you will,” he said.

So in 2016, he decided to push himself to see how far he could go. That year he ran 202 marathons. The world record was 239, however.

“I got to the end of 2016 and I didn't have anything to show for it,” he said.

In August 2017, Nicholson set the world record for most marathons run and hasn't stopped since.

As of the July 12 marathon in South Sioux City, Nicholson has run 267 marathons and 167 ultramarathons over the past 365 days. That was his 130th marathon of 2018 and 639th lifetime marathon.

“I think it's averaged out to about a marathon every 1.3 days,” he said.

He ultimately hopes to run 1,000 marathons within four years.

“I'm a bit odd, but this is what I do,” he admitted. “I know it's not the wisest of life choices, but the reality is I could easily be hit by a bus tomorrow so I guess that's sort of the justification. Eventually I'll drift back into reality.”

Follow Nicholson on his Facebook page Chasing World Records.