Michael Wardian, 41,, Arlington, Virginia
Wardian started running and competing in triathlons in 1996 after finishing his lacrosse career at Michigan State University, where he played attack for the Division I team.
Michael’s first marathon in 1996 was the Marine Corps Marathon and Wardian qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:08 and has since completed more than 170 marathons, 70+ Ultra Marathons on four (4) continents and The North Pole, 20 triathlons, including Iron Man Lake Placid, and one (1) adventure race.
- three time United States of America Olympic Trails Qualifier in 2004, 2008, 2012 and has a personal best marathon time of 2:17:49 set in 2011 at the Grandma’s Marathon.
- six time member of Team USA for the 100K World Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and has lead the team most years that he was a member with his best finish ever in 2011 for a Silver Medal for the USA and lead the team to the first ever Team Gold Medal for the USA Men (in the 26 years that the USA has been competing).
- three time member of Team USA for the 50K World Championships in 2009, 2010, 2014 and Michael was the Bronze medalist for the USA in 2009 and 2010.
- 3rd place finisher at the Badwater Ultra Marathon (135 Miles in Death Valley, CA in July with average temps at 121 degrees) in 2011.
- won multiple USATF National Championships: 50 Miles (Road-2011), 50K (Road- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), 100K (2008), 50 Mile (Trails-2008).
- highest USA finisher ever on the Men’s side at the “Marathon Des Sables” (150 Mile Stage race across the Sahara Desert) in 2010 with a 3rd place finish.
- first American to win the UVU North Pole Marathon in 2014.
- selected USATF Ultrarunner of the year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2014 was name USATF Ultrarunner of the year for Road and Trails.
- International Association of Ultrarunners 2010 Ultrarunner of the year for 2010 and was nominated in for the 2014 award.
- won multiple major big city marathons such as the: Rock & Roll National Marathon (Washington, DC), Delaware Marathon, San Francisco Marathon, Hartford Marathon, Kauai Marathon, Mount Desert Island Marathon, Mercedes Marathon (Birmingham, AL), The Big Sur Marathon.
- set multiple Guinness World Records for: Fastest Marathon pushing a Pram, Fastest Marathon as a super Hero and currently has the Indoor World Record for fastest indoor Marathon (2:27:21) and fastest indoor 50K (3:06:07) and also set the 50K World Record on a treadmill in 3:03:56.
Michael has a wife, Jennifer and two young sons, Pierce (9 years old) & Grant (6 years old).
Michael also works full time as an International Ship Broker for Potomac Maritime, LLC in Washington, DC, near where he grew up in Oakton, VA.
His website is: www.mikewardian.com
- JFK 50 3-Peat with CR 2016
- Grand Canyon R2R and R2R2R FKT 2016
- Stagecoach 55k CR 2016
- Franklin Mountain 50k CR 2016
- Bridger Ridge Run 1st 2016
- Western States 100 20th 2016
- Don’t Fence Me In 30k CR 2016
- Lake Sonoma 50 CR 2016
- Mesquite Canyon 50k 1st 2016
- Red Hot 50k 1st 2016
- Bandera 100k CR 2016
- JFK 50 Mile Champion 2014, 2015
- Gobi Ultramarathon 50K 3rd 2015
- Stagecoach 55K CR 2015
- Lake Sonoma 50 Mile 5th 2015
- Moab Red Hot 55K 3rd 2015
- Old Gabe 50K CR 2014
- Team USA 100K World Championships 2015
- NCAA All-American in the steeplechase in 2012
- Career Bests: 4:04 mile, 13:52 5K, 8:41 Steeple, 3:05:31 50K, 5:47:37 50 Mile, 7:05:19 100K
Plans for 2016:
Bandera 100K, Moab Red Hot 55K, Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, Western States 100 Mile, JFK 50 Mile, Grand Canyon R2R/R2R2R FKT attempts
Pete Kostelnick began running marathons in 2008 while interning in Washington, DC, and subsequently debuted his ultra marathon career in 2011 by running all ten legs of a 44 mile relay from Kansas City, MO to Lawrence, KS.
In what started as a hobby to get in shape and drop a few pounds, quickly turned in to a deep passion with over a dozen marathon finishes and two dozen ultra marathon finishes to date, including ten races of 100 miles or more. Pete has emerged as a road and track ultra specialist, having won the 2015 Nutrimatix Badwater 135 from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney in the 4th fastest time ever of 23 hrs 27 minutes. He followed that up with the 5th furthest all-time US 24 hour distance of 163.68 miles at the 2015 Desert Solstice 24 Hour Track Invitational.
Pete put SNB to the test at Desert Solstice and immediately fell in love with the product. He is looking forward to using it in some hot races this coming summer, relying on it’s ability to withstand temperatures over 100 degrees due to its all natural ingredients.
In 2016, Pete ran 19:55 at Western States 100. A few weeks later, he returned to defend his title at Styr Labs Badwater 135. Not only did he win but he set smashed the course record in 21:56!!! He is currently training to set a record running from San Francisco to New York in under 46 days! Pete also has his eye on a few other 100+ mile races in the fall, along with some other 24 hour to multi-day runs, leading up to a dream of helping the US 24 hour team to a podium spot in the 2017 World 24 Hour Championships.
Stephanie Violett Howe