Michael Wardian is getting recognition outside of the tight-knit running community following his jaw-dropping week of marathons.
The 42-year-old American was featured on ESPN on Sunday earning the broadcast company’s “Sports Star of the Night” on Sportscenter. Wardian completed seven marathons on seven continents in seven days averaging an astonishing 2:45. He began the challenge in Antarctica and finished early Monday morning (local time) in Sydney, Australia.
The Hoka One One athlete ran all seven marathons in less than three hours including one in sub-zero temperatures at Union Glacier in Antarctica. World Marathon Challenge competitors boarded chartered flights to their next destination immediately after finishing each marathon.
.@mikewardian's marathon week (different continents)
— Canadian Running (@CanadianRunning) January 29, 2017
Amazingly, according to show host, John Anderson, Wardian ran an additional 17 miles (27K) in Sydney in order to be able to say that he hit a 200-mile week. That’s a leg-aching 321K in the span of seven days (excluding warm-ups and cool-downs).
The busy racer has a lifetime best of 2:17 in the marathon and holds a number of world records including fastest overall time for all six World Marathon Majors– Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City– in a calendar year. His World Marathon Challenge time is also a new Guinness World Record.
Wardian is slated to run the Barkley Marathons in Frozen Head State Park, Tenn. at the end of March.