When it comes to breaking extreme records in running, Michael Wardian is the guy to do it. Earlier this year he broke the World Marathon Challenge (7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days) time record—averaging a 2:45:56 per marathon—and last year he broke the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon in an Elvis costume in 2:38:04 at Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas. And this past weekend, he just added another insane record to his collection. He raced both Colorado’s Leadville Trail 100, one of the toughest 100-milers in the U.S., and Pikes Peak Marathon, a grueling mountain marathon ascent, back-to-back with only 6 hours of rest between the two.
The Leadville 100 started at 4 a.m. on Aug. 19, in which Wardian finished in 20 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds in 10th place overall. In an Instagram post of the results, he describes his run, “I had altitude and bathroom issues (14 times) but kept fighting and digging and fought back to earn 10th place.”
He then had 6 hours to drive to the Pikes Peak Marathon in Manitou Springs, Colo. (about 2 hours from Leadville), rest and get ready for his second race that weekend, which started at 7 a.m. on Aug. 20. However, the Pikes Peak Marathon isn’t just any ordinary marathon, it’s essentially a 26.2-mile ascent at high altitude with an average climb of 11 percent.
Wardian completed the mountain marathon in 6 hours, 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
The 43-year-old from Arlington, Va., is the second person to complete the double, breaking a 24-year-old record, according to this Facebook post. Marshall Ulrich completed both races on the same weekend in 1993.