A local runner fell short of making history yesterday when he just barely missed clocking two sub-2:30 marathons in the same day.
Still, Michael Wardian can’t complain too much—he managed to go home with a gold medal.
The father of two won Sunday morning’s Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon in 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 9 seconds. But there was no time for celebration. Wardian headed straight for the airport with 200 other runners to fly 1,200 miles to compete in the Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas marathon at 4:30.
The Washington running community has long been witness to Wardian’s impressive feats. In addition to winning countless marathons and ultramarathons, the Arlington professional runner has also garnered some fun titles, including the world record for the fastest marathon in a superhero costume—he dressed as Spider-Man for the Lower Potomac Marathon in 2011.
Going into the weekend, Wardian’s goal was to finish both marathons in less than 2 hours and 30 minutes. Ultimately, he crossed the finish line in 2:57:56 in Las Vegas and finished tenth. On the women’s side, Dorothy Beal of Leesburg ran a new personal record of 3:17:59 and earned herself a fifth-place finish.
“I was happy to be out there and come through in under three hours,” Wardian told Competitor.com after the race. “You’ve got to make different goals when things aren’t going your way.”
But there are no breaks for Wardian’s legs anytime soon. This Saturday he’ll run the historic JFK 50-Mile in Boonsboro, Maryland.
The winner of last Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon 10K was disqualified for race-crashing, according to a Marine Corps Marathon spokesperson.
The man, whose name has been removed from the official results list, was from France and won the 6.2-mile race in 32:20 minutes. However, he later admitted he wore a friend’s bib and was not registered for the sold-out event, which drew 10,000 runners. The Marine Corps Marathon now recognizes 25-year-old Stephn Gedron of Massachusetts as the official 10K winner with a time of 33:19.
The 2013 Marine Corps Marathon brought 30,000 runners and thousands of spectators to the District Sunday morning after weeks of worry that a government shutdown would force postponement—or at worst a cancellation—of the storied “people’s marathon.”
On the men’s side, there was no question after mile one that Girma Bedada of Ethiopia would cross the finish line first. Bedada, 33, led the pack for 25 miles and won with a time of 2:21:32, with an average pace of 5:23 per mile.
It’s been more than a week since the Ironman World Championship in Kona, and William Christopher Wren’s calves are still sore.
“There were a couple of days where it was nearly impossible to walk down stairs,” the Arlington resident admits.
But with pain came serious gain for the 65-year-old. With a time of 10 hours, 44 minutes, and 31 seconds, Wren became this year’s Ironman World Champion in the 65 to 69 age group. He also set a new course record in his age group, besting the previous time by 34 minutes.
Despite weeks of concern that the government shutdown would derail the Army Ten-Miler, the race went off as planned Sunday morning and ended with a new course record set by a local DC runner.
Kerri Gallagher, 24, won the women’s race with a time of 54:56, running a little less than 5:30 minutes per mile. She broke the previous course record of 55:25, which was held by Northern Virginia runner Samia Akbar. It was the second Army Ten-Miler win in a row for Gallagher, who is coached by Matt Centrowitz, the head coach of American University’s cross-country and track programs and a top Washingtonian running coach.
On paper, this past weekend’s inaugural DC Divas Half Marathon and 5K in Leesburg sounded like a dream: a road race through Virginia’s wine country followed by Champagne at the finish line. But based on the hundreds of complaints flooding the race’s Facebook page, it’s clear runners were none too pleased with the outcome.
The Saturday race, which had 3,511 total participants for the half marathon and 5K, experienced a series of snafus that led to a start time delayed by about 90 minutes, long lines at the bathrooms, and no celebratory drink at the finish line.
Sunday morning brought drizzle, foggy skies, and a whole bunch of colorful runners to National Harbor for the Color Run, dubbed the happiest 5K on the planet. Approximately 5,000 runners and walkers braved the potential rain to be doused instead with a downpour of yellow, orange, pink, and blue powder for 3.1 miles.
Since being founded a little more than a year ago, in January 2012, the Color Run series has become the single largest running event in the country, involving more than 1 million participants and 100 events in 2013 alone. Participants, from toddlers to grandparents, are drawn to the Color Run’s untimed 5K, which has only two requirements: to wear white and finish splattered in color from head to toe. With even more color-blasting at the finish line, plus free Kind bars, Slurpees, Chipotle, water, and a dance pit, the Color Run feels more like one big party than an actual run.