This year, Mike Wardian ran all of the World Marathon Majors and set the record for the fastest average time of 2:31:09 running all six marathons in one year. Now, he’s celebrating by going for one more record: he is trying to run the fastest marathon ever in an Elvis costume. That means he has to beat the 2:42:52 time his buddy Ian Sharman set in 2009.
Wardian has been preparing for the race and his record-breaking feat by simulating the race day experience, as he does before all of his races. This has included training in his race-day costume, running in the evenings—as the GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas event takes place at dusk on the Strip—and training with the nutrition products that can be found on course.
“One of the things I did was practice with the nutrition that was on course,” he says. In this case, that means using Gatorade Endurance formula.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to see exactly how far I can go, how much I can push and how fast I can get,” Wardian says. “I hope I inspire people to go out and dream a little bigger and stretch from what they are comfortable with.”
Stay tuned for Episode 2 to see if Mike reaches his goal and follow along his journey.