Michael WardianThe Mount Desert Island Marathon has a reputation for being a very tough (if beautiful) course. It also falls right in the middle of all of the larger Autumn marathons. Some very talented runners have competed in the race and have run fast times, such as Louie Luchini’s 2:31:54 course record last year.

But now, more elite runners might sit up and take notice. Michael Wardian, the World 100K Silver Medalist and Team USA Gold Medalist will be coming to town, and I expect that the course record will fall.

Wardian is one of those rare types that will not only run (and win) multiple marathons per year (a dozen plus isn’t uncommon) but will also run longer distances. He’s also held numerous records and boasts a 2:17:49 PR which is good enough to let him race in his third Olympic Marathon Trials.

I’m looking forward to racing him next month!

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