Some ultra runners have completed 631 miles or more within 10 days but have any done so on a trail as tough as the one Michael Wardian is running in Israel?
The Israel National Trail (INT) is an approximately 1015km / 631mi hiking trail that crosses Israel from its southern to northern border, traversing a wide range of landscapes, a rich variety of flora and fauna, and a diversity of cultures.
The trail stretches from Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba to the Dan Kibbutz near the Lebanese border, and was named by National Geographic as one of the 20 best "epic hiking trails" in the world.
We believe the most likely Fastest Known Time on the INT to be set at 15 days in 2013 by Australian Richard Bowles.
On March 12th, 2019, Michael Wardian began his attempt to complete the trail in 10 days.
Wardian is a prodigious American marathoner and ultra-marathoner with a lengthy list of podium finishes at distances from half marathon to 100 miles, with world records such as the fastest time for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, and the fastest 50k on a treadmill, and who has completed many of the worlds most challenging races. In September 2018 Wardian ran the 184.5 mile C&O Canal Towpath in an FKT of 36h36m, beating Park Barner's 1976 time by just 12 minutes!
Michael is eight days in and has covered 776k with 241k to go according to the website Fastest Known Time which tracks these types of events. Photos by Ian Corless.
Michael is also part of the Run The World4 Challenge event and all his miles are being logged there. He is currently leading everyone. That event started March 1 and will send March 30. Five teams of 14 are logging in as many miles as possible within 30 days.
posted Tuesday March 19th
by Fastest Known Time