Events: All Distances from 1 Mile up to 150 Mile Stages races with emphasis on Marathons and Ultramarathons
Photo courtesy of Chris Rief
Weight: 142 lbs.
Born: Morgantown, WVA
Current Residence: Arlington, VA
College: Michigan State University - 1996
Profession: International Ship Broker
Club/Team: MarathonGuide.com/The North Face
The North Face
5 km, 14:55
10 km, 30:55
10 Mile, 51:25
Half Marathon, 1:06:30
50 Mile: 5:21:00 (Split from 2010 Comrades Marathon)
100 km: 6:53:17 (2009-IAU-World Championships)
2009 BRONZE MEDAL-50K WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
2008 US NATIONAL CHAMPION 50K-2:55:05 (Championship Record)
2008 US NATIONAL CHAMPION 100K-6:56:57 (Course Record)
2008 US NATIONAL CHAMPION 50 MILE
2008 US NATIONAL RUNNER UP TRAIL MARATHON-2:35:04
2004 & 2008 US MEN'S MARATHON OLYMPIC TRIALS COMPETITOR
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER FOR FASTEST MARATHON WHILE PUSHING A PRAM (With son, Pierce Miler Wardian)
MEMBER US 100km TEAM 2008, 2009, 2010
2009 & 2010 US NATIONAL CHAMPION 50 km
Michael Wardian, 36, Arlington, Virginia (Team member: MarathonGuide.com/The North Face)
Wardian started running and competing in triathlons in 1996 after successfully completing 3.5 seasons of Division I lacrosse at Michigan State University. In his first marathon in 1996 Wardian qualified for the Boston Marathon and has since completed more than 100+ marathons and Ultra Marathons on three (3) continents, 20 triathlons, including Iron Man Lake Placid, the Marathon Des Sables (250K-self sufficient race in Sahara Desert) and one (1) adventure race.
Wardian runs approximately four races per month ranging in distance from 1 Mile to 150 Mile Marathons and holds a full time job as an international ship broker. Wardian also has a young family with his wife, Jennifer, they have two (2) small boys (Pierce-almost 4 years old & Grant almost 19 months).
In their own words...
Running achievement I am most proud of: Being able to compete for the USA and to show my boys and "normal" people that incredible things are possible.
Why I run: To challenge my limits and expand them. I am always looking to push myself to the next level and each day is an opportunity to improve.
Future Goals: 2012 Men’s Olympic Marathon Team, Gold Medal at the 50KM & 100 KM Worlds, Win the Marathon Des Sables, Win the Comrades Marathon, Win Western States 100 Miler.
Favorite quote: Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain