Mike War­d­i­an


Facts & Stats


🇺🇸 United States


12 April 1974


Mor­gan­town, WV




1st Quar­ant­ine Back­yard Ultra
2nd 100km World Cham­pi­on­ships
3rd Mara­thon des Sables
FKT Israel Nation­al Trail


Mike War­d­i­an is quite simply one of the world’s best ultra run­ners. Name an event and the chances are Mike’s done it. He’s com­peted all over the globe, raced at the US Olympic Tri­als, and holds numer­ous world records.

Mike grew up in Vir­gin­ia, gradu­at­ing from Oak­ton High School, where he took part in and won his first ever race — a Tur­key Trot with a free school lunch up for grabs. How­ever, Mike’s run­ning story isn’t one of love at first sight. He played lacrosse as a kid and only star­ted run­ning (“to keep fit”) in his juni­or year at Michigan State Uni­ver­sity, and didn’t run com­pet­it­ively until after col­lege.

It all began in 1996, when Mike heard that his friend’s Mum was run­ning the Boston Mara­thon. He thought it soun­ded like fun, so trained for the Mar­ine Corps Mara­thon and qual­i­fied for Boston by run­ning a 3:06. He com­peted in his first Boston Mara­thon a year later in 1997 (he’s since ran it 19 more times!) and was com­pletely hooked from that moment onwards.

Since then, Mike has com­peted in nearly 300 mara­thons and around 100 ultramara­thons all over the world. Indeed, racing as much as humanly pos­sible has become some­what of a trade­mark for Mike. In 2019 alone, he ran 20 mara­thons, includ­ing set­ting a world record for run­ning 10 mara­thons in 10 days on sev­en con­tin­ents, and run­ning across the entire coun­try of Israel in 10 days, set­ting a new KFT for the Israel Nation­al Trail.

Mike has com­peted in the US Olympic Tri­als three times (2004, 2008, and 2012), has won the 50k and 100k US Nation­al Cham­pi­on­ships, and is a four-time USA Track & Field Ultra Run­ner of the Year.

Per­haps most unbe­liev­ably, Mike man­ages to do all of this whilst hold­ing down a full-time job as an inter­na­tion­al ship broker (rumour has it he hasn’t slept since 1996). He lives in Arling­ton, Vir­gin­ia with his wife and two teen­age boys, who often travel with him on his wild adven­tures.


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Ultra X Sri Lanka

20–27 March 2021

I’m stoked about join­ing the Ultra X Pro Team. I’m a huge fan of multi-stage races and can’t wait to take part in Ultra X events and share the exper­i­ence with their endur­ance com­munity.”

Mike War­d­i­an


Latest News

The Delaware Cross­ing: Mike War­d­i­an cov­ers 130 miles in cross-state run

Cana­dian Trail Run­ning, July 2020

Amer­ic­an ultrar­unner Mike War­d­i­an ran the length of the state of Delaware this week­end, start­ing the 130-mile (209-kilo­metre) route on July 2 and fin­ish­ing 26 hours later.

Michael War­d­i­an set out for a vir­tu­al ultra mara­thon. He kept run­ning for 2.5 days.

The Wash­ing­ton Post, April 2020

Run­ner Michael War­d­i­an com­pleted nearly 263 miles in barely 2.5 days, win­ning the Quar­ant­ine Back­yard Ultra. When it was finally over, he said he wanted to keep going.

What’s it like to run 90 miles around the Belt­way on the hot­test day of the year? ‘Ter­rible.’

The Wash­ing­ton Post, July 2019

Michael Wardian’s trip around the Belt­way took nearly 18 hours. The ultramara­thon­er ran a nearly 90-mile loop around the Cap­it­al Belt­way, his latest mile­stone chal­lenge.

Michael War­d­i­an Runs 10 Mara­thons in 10 Days to Crush World Record

Runner’s World, Feb­ru­ary 2019

Michael War­d­i­an ran–and danced–his way to an unof­fi­cial world record. The ultrar­unner circled the globe run­ning mara­thons on every con­tin­ent. Then he did three more when he got home.

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