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Record attempt: Arlington man runs the fastest 10 marathons in 10 days

Record attempt: Arlington man runs the fastest 10 marathons in 10 days. (Photo: Jennifer Wardian, Twitter)

There are endurance athletes – and then there is Mike Wardian of Arlington. When ABC7 caught up with him Thursday night, he was running his eighth of a planned 10 marathons in 10 days.

Wardian was running a marathon at Hains Point in DC after having just completed seven marathons on seven continents in seven days – for the second time.

This time he is adding three more marathons at Hains Point in an effort to break the world record for average pace for 10 marathons in 10 days. As of Thursday night he was averaging under three hours per marathon.

Wardian lived in West Virginia when he was young but was largely raised in Fairfax County. He now lives in Arlington.

His father Dick Wardian says his son, who will turn 45 in April, became a vegetarian after graduating from college. Although he believes that helps his son recover, he says no one has a full explanation for why Mike can run so much and recover so quickly.

“He’s been part of several medical studies,” Dick Wardian said. “Just like Tom Brady seems to not age, he doesn’t seem to age either.”

Just moments after finishing his eighth marathon Thursday night in a time of two hours and 50 minutes, Mike barely seemed out of breath and told us he felt great. He was especially happy to be back in the DC area.

“Seven days ago I was running a marathon in Antarctica, and now to get to run one on my home soil feels pretty special,” he said. “I have like 16 hours of sleep in a week so it’ll be nice to go home and hopefully get a little real sleep.”

Mike’s final two marathons are scheduled to start at noon Friday and at noon Saturday at Hains Point. He says anyone who wants to come run with him and/or support him is welcome to come out.

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