Virginian runs 26.2 miles in 2:27:21 — around an indoor track!
Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia, a former U.S. 100K champion and three-time national champion in the 50K known throughout the country for running — and winning — multiple marathons a month, has added yet another unique accomplishment to his already exhaustive list of long-distance running wins and records.
Last Thursday night at the inaugural Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon held at the air-conditioned Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, Virginia, the 36-year-old Wardian topped a field of four in the rarely-run indoor marathon, covering 211 laps of the 200-meteer indoor track in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 21 seconds. It was an easy piece of news to overlook, as the previous world best of 2:34:54 for the event was set 82 years ago by Joie Ray in Boston.
Hagerstown, Maryland’s Andy Mason was runner-up to Wardian in 2:50:47, with Karsten Brown (Front Royal, Va.) and Michael Tietz (Alexandria, Va.) finishing third and fourth in 2:59:09 and 3:25:23, respectively.
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