Wardian Overcomes Illness To Win S.F. Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 2, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM UTC
Winner of the San Francisco Marathon, Mike Wardian is escorted after the finish. Photo: SF Gate

Mike Wardian, winner of the San Francisco Marathon, is escorted after the finish. Photo: SF Gate

He had placed second in the race the past two years.

Despite the fact he was stricken with food poisioning, serial marathoner Mike Wardian won the San Francisco Marathon last Sunday. His winning time was 2:27. Approximately 25,000 runners took to the streets in one of California’s most scenic cities, while over 100,000 spectators watched on. Organizers noted that 2,000 more entrants took part in this year’s marathon compared to last year.

For Wardian, the win was especially sweet, since he had come in second place the past two years.

“[It] doesn’t get much better than winning on a prestigious course like this,” Wardian said afterwards. ”I hope I can come back next year and defend [my title].”

The Arlington, Virginia native noted that he was stricken with food posioning the night before the race and had considred not running it.

San Rafael-resident Alex Varner finished a distant second behind Wardian in 2:35.

Not one to shy away from a race, Wardian is constantly competing. Just a few weeks ago, he placed third in the grueling Badwater ultramarathon.

For More: KTVU


Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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.

Get our best running content delivered to your inbox

Subscribe to the FREE Competitor Running weekly newsletter