Michael Wardian is a maniacal long-distance runner who lines up goals and knocks them over like bowling pins.
He has competed in more than a hundred marathons, winning approximately a quarter of them. He has the record in the United States National 50-kilometer Championships and a spot on the American team that will travel to Italy in November for the World 100-K Championships.
He has been successful in races around the world, everything from 5-Ks to 140-milers.
He is even in the Guinness Book of World Records for owning the fastest time running a marathon while pushing a baby stroller.
But one feat has eluded the 34-year-old from Arlington, Va., despite four attempts — a victory in the Vermont City Marathon.