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Can Mike Wardian Break The Record For Fastest Marathon Ever Run In An Elvis Costume?

This year, Mike Wardian ran all of the World Marathon Majors and set the record for the fastest time running all six marathons in one year. Now, he’s celebrating by going for one more record: he is trying to run the fastest marathon ever in an Elvis costume.

Wardian has been preparing for the race and his record-breaking feat by simulating the race day experience, as he does before all of his races. This has included training in his race day costume, running in the evenings as the GEICO Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas event takes place at dusk on the Strip and training with the nutrition products that can be found on course. “One of the things I did was practice with the nutrition that was on course.” In this case, that meant using Gatorade Endurance formula.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to see exactly how far I can go, how much I can push and how fast I can get. I hope I inspire people to go out and dream a little bigger and stretch from what they are comfortable with.”

Stay tuned for Part 2 to see if Mike reaches his goal and follow along his journey.

Jessica Sebor

Jessie Sebor is the Vice President of Women's Running at Competitor Group. After finishing her first marathon at age 18, Jessie has run everywhere from Singapore to Prague and competed in hundreds of races including the Boston Marathon and the Bare Dare, for which she won the title of National Nude Running Champion. Jessie’s work appears at, Ultrarunning Magazine and has been selected for Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Essays. A former romance novel editor, it’s at Women’s Running where her true passions lie. You can reach her at