Michael Wardian is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner.

In addition to a lengthy list of podium finishes at marathons, half-marathons, 50k /100k and 100 Mile races, Michael has set world records for: 

  1. Fastest time for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days
  3. Fastest marathon and 50K on an indoor 200-meter track
  5. Fastest Marathon as Spider-Man & Elvis.
  7. Fastest Leadville 100 mile and Pike's Peak marathon double
  9. Fastest ever time for all the Abbott World Marathon Majors consisting of the Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon in an average time of 2:31:09.
  11. Fastest 50K on a treadmill

Michael has also completed some of the most difficult races in the world like:

  1. The Badwater Ultra marathon-135 Miles in Death Valley, CA in July
  3. The Marathon des Sables-appx 150 miles in the Sahara desert in Morocco
  5. The Ultra Trail du Mount Blanc-appx. 100 miles with 28,000 feet of vertical assent travelling through 3 countries, France, Italy and Switzerland
  7. The UVU North Pole Marathon with temperatures dipping below negative 40 Celsius.
  9. The Buff Epic Run in Pyrenees, Spain with over 9000 Meters of ascent
  11. The Diagonale des Fous (Crossing of the Fools), 100 miles with over 32,000 Feet of Ascent, on Reunion Island
  13. UltraGobi 400K
  15. Barkley Marathons


In 2017, Wardian raced 1,610 Miles*

51 events

20 x Marathons

11 x Ultra Marathons

3 x 100 Milers Finished (Western States, Hardrock, Leadville)

1 x World Record-fastest marathon average time for 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents

1 X Fastest Marathon ever run on the Continent of Antarctica

1 x FKT-Leadville & Pike's Peak Double

1 x 400K in the Gobi Desert of China

20 x overall victories

11 X marathon wins

28 x podiums (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

34 x masters victories

7 x continents visited and 1st person to win a marathon on every continent

11 countries raced in during 2017


Wardian has participated in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Men's Marathon, recording a personal best of 2:17:49.

Wardian was the IAU Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010, and is a four-time USATF Ultra Runner of the Year from 2008-2011. He also won the 2014 USATF Master's Athlete of the Year for both Roads and Trails.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, only beginning to run competitively after graduating.

Michael resides in Arlington, Va with his wife, Jennifer and their two sons, Pierce and Grant and their vizsla Rosie.

Herewith some highlights:

2016-Elvis World Record

2016-Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York)-Fastest Time Ever-2:31:09

2016-1st place Great New York 100 Miler

2015-1st place Eastern States 100 Miler

2015-50K World Record on Treadmill

Bronze Medal at 2009 & 2010 50K World Championships-Gibraltar, Gibraltar

3rd Place at 2010-100K World Championships-Gibraltar, Gibraltar
6th Place at 2009-100K World Championships-Torhout, Belgium
USATF National Champion: 2008, 2009, 2010 USATF 50K National Championships
USATF National Champion: 2008-USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships
USATF National Champion: 2008-USATF 100K


USATF Master Ultra Runner of the Year-2014 (Road & Trail) 
IAU Ultra Runner of the Year 2010

USATF Ultra Runner of the Year-2008 & 2009 & 2010 & 2011
New York Road Runners Ultra Runner of the Year: 2009