Mike Wardian Wins His Fifth National Marathon

Mike Wardian had hoped to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at the National Marathon on Sunday. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Despite his win, he was four minutes shy of his goal.

Serial marathoner Mike Wardian secured another notch in his belt this weekend when he won his fifth National Marathon, breaking the tape in 2:23:01. Wardian is an Arlington, Virginia resident and was pleased to win a race so close to home. “I’m never sad to win,” he said. “It never gets boring and I never take it for granted. So every time is special and this race was no different.”

Wardian plans to run 17 marathons this year as well as eight or nine ultra marathons.

Though a 2:23 is a very respectable time, Wardian wasn’t overly pleased with it. His goal was to run 2:19, which would have secured a spot at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston.

“I was hoping to get my Olympic qualifying time before that,” he said. “So I’ll just have to work on it in this summer.”

In the women’s race, Nadezda Tuptova clocked a 2:50:53 PR for the win. It was her first marathon in two years. She is a Russian native and had come to the United States for a three-month racing stint.

For More: The Washington Post

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