After finishing his Division I lacrosse career as an attackman at Michigan State, Michael turned his competitive tenacity towards endurance sports. He started running and competing in triathlons. In his first marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon in 1996, he qualified for Boston in 3:08.
A prolific racer, Michael typically runs multiple marathons and ultra marathons each month. He constantly pursues the most challenging conditions, pushing his body beyond previous limits of endurance, both mental and physical. He peaks when others crumble, hits his stride just beyond the wall.
Michael’s dominance in distance competition is as consistent and prolific as his racing performance and schedule. Michael represented Team USA in five 100K World Championships (2008-2012), winning the Silver in 2012, and Team USA’s first ever Gold Medal (in 26 years of competition) in 2011. He is also a two time Bronze medalist for Team USA in the 50k World Championship.
In 2017 he set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York City Marathon) and then the World Marathon Challenge which consisted of 7 marathons, in 7 days, on 7 different continents!mikewardian.com Website & Schedule
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