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Defending Champion Mike Wardian Returns To Miami

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 27, 2011
  • Updated Jan. 27, 2011 at 11:51 AM UTC

One of America’s best ultra marathoners loves to push himself.

Mike Wardian is about as hardcore as they come. A serial marathoner and ultra marathoner, Wardian has competed in and won races across the globe. This weekend, he returns to the ING Miami Marathon to defend his title.

This year’s race is packed with Kenyans and Ethiopians who are much faster than Wardian, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be going for the win. Wardian loves a good challenge. Two days after he finishes this year’s race, Wardian will pack up and head to New York City where he will race up 86 flights of stairs at the Empire State Building.

He loves to push himself.

“I’d like to run on the Great Wall of China. That would be cool!’’ he exclaims.“I’d like to run across the United States, and around the world. And I’d like to set the speed record for running the Appalachian Trail – 2,181 miles from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin in Baxter, Maine. Just think of all those exciting things you don’t have time to do when you have a life and a job.’’

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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