Running Legend Mike Wardian to Share Stories From the Road at Casual Adventure
The Guinness World Record holder and ultramarathoner comes to the Arlington sporting goods store May 24.
He’s won a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in Antarctica. Set another world record for his time at the World Marathon Challenge. And his love for pickleball just won’t quit. Now, the indefatigable Mike Wardian is stopping by Casual Adventure in Arlington to share stories from the road.
On May 24, the sporting goods store on Washington Boulevard will host Running the World with Mike Wardian, a free in-store talk with the ultramarathoner that will offer a glimpse into what it’s like to tackle extreme distances with nothing more than two feet.
“At Casual Adventure, we’re all about finding your personal connection with the outdoors,” store owner Eric Stern said in a press release. “Mike’s talent and love for extreme running has placed him in all types of elements all over the world. It’s pushed him through more physical and mental barriers than most people can imagine.”
Wardian, 49, an international ship broker, got his running career off the ground with a high school turkey trot. Last year, he ran across the continental United States in 62 days to raise money for World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to assisting people living with poverty throughout the U.S. and the world. At Casual Adventure, the longtime Arlingtonian will be accepting donations for the nonprofit.
The sporting goods and camping-supply store opened in 1955, founded by Eric’s great-grandfather, Oscar Stern. The shop will raffle off several products during the event, including nut butters from Big Spoon Roasters and items from toe-sock label Injinjis.
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Wardian has set seemingly countless running records—including, at one time, the fastest marathon with a stroller in tow and fastest marathon while dressed as Elvis—and run more than 300 marathons and ultramarathons. His personal bests include a 4:34.6 mile and a 2:17:49 marathon. In 2020, at the height of the pandemic, he claimed victory in the Quarantine Backyard Ultra, a sleepless, socially-distanced trek of roughly 263 miles in two-plus days, which he ran through Arlington neighborhoods.
“He has accomplished extraordinary feats with disciplined strength and determination, and he has no sign of slowing down,” Stern said. “It’s inspiring and we’re excited to have him share his journey with our customers and the community.”
Casual Adventure is located at 3451 Washington Blvd. in Arlington. The event will take place May 24 at 6 p.m.