Mike Wardian Wins Birmingham Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 13, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 13, 2012 at 10:33 AM UTC
Mike Wardian celebrates at the finish in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo:

Fifty-two-year-old Elena Shemyakina took the women’s title.

Serial marathoner Mike Wardian was at it again over weekend. At the Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham, Alabama, the Alexandria, Virginia resident was the first runner to break the tape in two hours twenty-two minutes and 43 seconds. Wardian recently competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston on January 14.

He was the runner up at the 2009 edition of the Alabama race.

“I’d love to come back, if they’re willing to have me and if there’s room,” said Wardian.

The second-place runner, Hank Campbell, was a full ten minutes back, crossing the line in 2:32:04.

In the women’s race, a 52-year-old former Russian prevailed. Elena Shemyakina broke the tape in 3:08:29,

Birmingham’s Ali Edwards took second in 3:12.42.

In the male master’s division, Geno Phillips was the first to cross the finish line. His time was 2:40:27,

A half marathon was also held in conjunction with the marathon. In that race, Kenyan Reuben Mwei clocked 1:06:04. The women’s winner was Meagan Nedlo in 1:17:56.

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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.

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