Guest Speaker & Pasta Dinner

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Huntsville Museum of Art.

Rocket City Marathon – Pasta Dinner: $25/each
We will be serving a delicious meal of grilled chicken, vegetables and pasta. The buffet will start at 6:00 p.m. and our guest speaker will begin their remarks at 6:30 p.m. The tickets are $25/person for regular seating and $50/person for premium seating. Catered by Terranova’s.

Tickets available for the Carbo Dinner, may be purchased at packet picket on Friday at the VBC South Hall. Please plan on joining us for a relaxing evening at our pre-marathon Pasta Dinner with guest speaker, Michael Wardian.

Michael Wardian is an American marathoner and ultra-marathoner. In addition to a lengthy list of podium finishes at marathons, half-marathons, 50k /100k and 100 Mile races, Michael has set world records for the fastest marathon and also 50K on an indoor 200-meter track and dressed as Elvis. 2016 was an incredible year with a 47 events and multiple wins and records including setting the fastest ever time for all the Abbott World Marathon Majors consisting of the Tokyo Marathon, Boston Marathon, London Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, New York Marathon in an average time of 2:31:09. In March 2015, he also set the World Record for the fastest 50K on a treadmill (at the Hoka One One Sales Meeting in May 2015 after having set the World Record on a Spartan Race Cruise)

Michael has also completed some of the most difficult races in the world like:
The Badwater Ultra marathon-135 Miles in Death Valley, CA in July
The Marathon des Sables-appx 150 miles in the Sahara desert in Morocco
The Ultra Trail du Mount Blanc-appx. 100 miles with 28,000 feet of vertical assent travelling through 3 countries, France, Italy and Switzerland
The UVU North Pole Marathon with temperatures dipping below negative 40 Celsius.
The Buff Epic Run in Pyrenees, Spain with over 9000 Meters of ascent
The Diagonale des Fous (Crossing of the Fools), 100 miles with over 32,000 Feet of Ascent, on Reunion Island
In between feats like running two marathons in one day, and setting a world record for the fastest time running a marathon dressed as superhero, Wardian has participated in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Men’s Marathon, recording a personal best of 2:17:49.
Wardian was the IAU Ultra Runner of the Year in 2010, and is a four-time USATF Ultra Runner of the Year from 2008-2011. He also won the 2014 USATF Master’s Athlete of the Year for both Roads and Trails.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he played Division 1 lacrosse, only beginning to run competitively after graduating.
Michael resides in Arlington, Va with his wife, Jennifer and their two sons, Pierce and Grant and their vizsla Rosie.

Herewith some highlights:
2016-Elvis World Record
2016-Abbott World Marathon Majors (Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, New York)-Fastest Time Ever-2:31:09
2016-1st place Great New York 100 Miler
2015-1st place Eastern States 100 Miler
2015-50K World Record on Treadmill
Bronze Medal at 2009 & 2010 50K World Championships-Gibraltar, Gibraltar
3rd Place at 2010-100K World Championships-Gibraltar, Gibraltar
6th Place at 2009-100K World Championships-Torhout, Belgium
USATF National Champion: 2008, 2009, 2010 USATF 50K National Championships
USATF National Champion: 2008-USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships
USATF National Champion: 2008-USATF 100K

USATF Master Ultra Runner of the Year-2014 (Road & Trail)
IAU Ultra Runner of the Year 2010
USATF Ultra Runner of the Year-2008 & 2009 & 2010 & 2011
New York Road Runners Ultra Runner of the Year: 2009

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Rocket City Marathon participants can enjoy both the Huntsville Tinsel Trail and Skating in the Park. The Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the month of December. An anticipated 250 will trees decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. This includes large flagship trees and the City of Huntsville tree located at the main entrance of the trail. Skating in the Park is another fun holiday tradition. This 50’x70’ ice rink sits directly behind the Huntsville Museum of Art and will be open seven days a week, including holidays. Concessions and outdoor restrooms will be available on site.