Facts & Stats
🇺🇸 United States
DATE OF BIRTH
12 April 1974
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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