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Arlington Ultramarathoner Takes Fitness Virtual During Coronavirus Pandemic

Arlington ultramarathoner Mike Wardian isn't slowing down his fitness routine during the coronavirus pandemic.

We've met Arlington ultramarathoner Mike Wardian before. He's a regular fixture at the annual Marine Corps Marathon and at other fitness events throughout the region and around the world. He once ran ten marathons in ten days. Read our Q&A with Wardian from just before the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon.

However, during this pandemic, events like marathons are being postponed. We're all stuck inside, with the saving grace being the "walk around the block" that we've all becomed accustomed to. Wardian is taking it to the next level - by completing an ultramarathon by running a loop around his neighborhood - over and over and over again. He completed a 262.5 mile run - one 4.2 mile loop at a time around his neighborhood.

The New York Times featured Wardian's journey and his efforts to keep up his fitness regime around Arlington during the crisis.

Following the guidance of government and health officials, the Marine Corps Marathon Organization (MCMO) has announced that 2020 Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend events, scheduled for Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17 have been cancelled to support the wellbeing of the running community, residents, Marines and partners. Instead, registrants can choose to defer or try following in Wardian's footsteps with a virtual half marathon. Visit the Marine Corps Marathon's runner safety and wellness page for details.

Author: Cara O'Donnell