Even though Michael has already performed in similar format races such as the Marathon des Sables and the Coastal Challenge, this event takes place under very harsh conditions.
“I chose the World Marathon Challenge because I thought it would push me to the limits of what I was capable of and it scared me as I didn’t know if I could accomplish it.”
COMPRESSPORT® – WARDIAN : AN ONGOING FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIP
The World Marathon Challenge is a logistical and physical challenge to run seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. To do so and achieve performance one has to be well equipped to fight jet lags, sleepless nights and sudden temperature fluctuations from one continent to the other.
On the 7-continents-7-Race challenge Michael WARDIAN trusted 3 major products of Compressport®`s trail range of products:
• the thermo-regulating Armforce arm sleeves to stay warm
• the anti-fatigue R2V2 calf sleeves to run faster and longer
• the shock-absorbing Quad sleeves for limited injury and fast recovery.
It all began on the White Continent by -20°
A whole challenge for Michael, among Antarctica’s glaciers, as the weather conditions were very harsh with strong winds and cold temperatures.
“I was really worried about the cold as I tend to prefer running in warmer temperatures.”
From the Ice Marathon via a Warmer Marathon…
… more precisely in Puerta Arenas, Chile where the first marathon on roads, along the sea, right in the centre of the city, took place.
“I got to meet the mayor of Punta Arenas and his daughter at the finish line, they even presented me with a medal from the city!”
… Mike reached Hometown to be at his Best!
Miami`s race was the fastest he ran for the entire 7-continent trip!
Local boy Michael was at home, delighted to be able to run the 3rd stage in front of his countrymen, a dream come true as he puts it explicitly:
“Getting to run with the hometown crowd was surreal.”
He then Crossed the Atlantic to reach Madrid…
… where he landed in a picturesque park for a piece of fun and run – he crossed the finish line after 2:42:35 and 42.2 Km.
“It was a really beautiful race. We had some fans come out and that made the time go by really quickly.”
Hopping on the next charter he paved Africa`s wilderness
… for the 5th stage held in Marrakech, next to the famous Atlas Mountains. There, Mike, with all his acolytes, ran around a park amongst local plants and extraordinary wildlife.
Leaving Africa`s wilderness for Dubai`s Skyscrapers…
… our Champion ran for one of the highlights of this challenge – the Dubai Marathon – along the beach with no shade. The hot temperature complicated the challenge even more.
“This was probably my toughest race”.
Before heading back South for the Final Stage !
The Sydney marathon in Australia had all the runners push their limits to an extreme no one expected.
“I had a good race and was able to win it! Then since I was so close, I did an extra 17 miles so that I could get to 200 miles for the week… Epic way to finish an incredible week”
Michael Wardian completed the 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days with a 2:45:57 average time in the World Marathon Challenge. An unequalled record yet!