A regular podium finisher at several distances, Wardian specializes in 50Ks, marathons, and half-marathons, claiming first-place finishes in 2013 at the Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon & 50K, The North Face Endurance Challenge Gore-Tex® 50-Miler, and the Freedom’s Run Marathon. Wardian made headlines in November when he competed in two marathons in one day – winning at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio marathon and then placing 10th that same day at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas.
“I’ve been using Nathan products for years so this partnership makes perfect sense,” says Wardian. “They support runners everywhere, at every distance, and really use athlete feedback to make the best products out there. This really helps give me peace of mind to focus my attention elsewhere, like on my pace, the big rock coming up, or a massive climb!”
In addition to his lengthy list of podium finishes, Wardian participated in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon, recording a personal best of 2:17. He was IAU Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010, and a four-time USATF Ultra Runner of the Year from 2008-2011 He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, only beginning to run competitively after graduating.
“Mike isn’t just a great ultra runner; he’s also a passionate advocate for the sport,” said Brent Hollowell, VP of marketing for NATHAN. ”He’s an experienced and articulate athlete who will help us continue to push the pace of product innovation and educate runners on the importance of proper hydration and visibility.”
Wardian lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife and two sons. He works full-time as an international ship broker. He is currently preparing for the Vibram Tarawera Ultra Marathon, and in April will race in both the UVU North Pole Marathon and the Boston Marathon.
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