Michael wardian

Michael Wardian
Michael Wardian after winning his third straight National Marathon, March 2008
Personal information
Born (1974-04-12) 12 April 1974 (age 40)
Morgantown, West Virginia
Residence Arlington, Virginia
Height 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m)
Weight 145 pounds (66 kg)
Country  United States
Event(s) Marathon, Ultramarathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

5000 m: 14:55
10000 m: 30:55
Half Marathon: 1:06:30

Marathon: 2:17:49

Michael Wardian (born April 12, 1974) is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner. He won the 2008, 2009 and 2010 US 50 km championships.[1] In 2008, he won the U.S. National 100 km championship.[2] Wardian also is the 2007 JFK 50 Mile winner, and won the National Marathon (now known as the Rock 'n' Roll USA Marathon) in Washington D.C. three consecutive years (2006–2008), and in 2010, 2011 and 2012.[3][4][5][6][7]

Wardian is known for the vast number of marathons he participates in. During a 45 day span in 2006, Wardian won four out of five marathons he raced.[8] In 2007, he ran 13 marathons (not including ultra-marathons), and seven marathons in a span of nine weeks (winning three).[9] March 2008 saw Wardian win the National Marathon in Washington D.C. on a Saturday, and then finish third at a marathon in Knoxville, Tennessee the very next day.[10] In 2008, Wardian ran a total of 53 races.[11] Wardian frequently participates in local races in the Washington D.C. area.[12]

Wardian held the world record for fastest marathon while pushing a jogging stroller from May 2007 to November 2009.[3][13] He set the record at the 2007 Frederick Marathon with a time of 2:42:21. The record was broken at a duel at the 2009 Route 66 marathon by Zac Freudenburg, whose 2:32:10 time beat Wardian's 2:34:37 time.[13]

Wardian also was a former record holder of the fastest Marathon on a treadmill.[3] He qualified and participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Men's Olympic Marathon trials.[8][14] Some of the notable ultra-marathons Wardian has completed include the Marathon des Sables, the Western States Endurance Run, the Himalayan 100 Mile Stage Race and the Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run.[11][15][16] The United States Track and Field Association named Wardian the 2008 and 2009 Ultra Runner of the year.[11][17][18]

In November 2009, Wardian finished third in the IAU World 50K championships held on the island of Gibraltar.[19] In 2010, Wardian finished third at the Marathon des Sables in 23 hours 1 minute 3 seconds, which was the best time ever by an American.[20] In February 2011, the International Association of Ultrarunners named Wardian its inaugural Athlete of the Year.[21]

On July 1, 2010, Wardian set the record for fastest indoor 200-meter track marathon record, with a time of 2:27:21.[22] He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon trials by running a 2:17:49 at the 2011 Grandma's Marathon.[23] In September 2011, he won the silver medal at the World 100K Championships.[23]

In January 2012, Wardian ran 2:21 at the US Olympic Trials in Houston on Saturday January 14, and 2:31 at the Houston Marathon the next morning. He finished 62nd at the Trials and 16th at the Marathon.[24]

When asked in April 2009 why he competes in so many races, Wardian said:

A lot of people say, "Oh, you could be a 2:12 guy or a 2:14 guy if you just focused on one race a year, or two races a year and really built up." And I think the counter argument is that you could get hurt and you wouldn't have any races a year. There are so many opportunities out there and, I love to toe the line. I love to see what I can do and just push the limits and try and experiment with myself.

I like that people can look at me, and say, "Wow, if that guy can do 13 marathons a year and do pretty well maybe I can do one." I think a lot of people can relate to that. Like, that guy works a real job. He's not a professional runner.[25]


Wardian is a graduate of Oakton High School and Michigan State University, where he played for the lacrosse team.[12] Wardian did not run competitively until after college.[26] He lives in Arlington, Virginia, is a vegetarian,[20] and works as an International Shipbroker. Wardian charted the cargo that was on the Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked in April 2009.[25] He is married with two children.[14]


External links

  • USATF profile
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