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Wardian Runs A Rare World Record

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jul. 6, 2010

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.

For more: Washington Post

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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