Va. Man Wins 5th National Marathon

Saturday, Mar 26, 2011  |  Updated 5:10 PM EDT
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Michael Wardian of Arlington, Va., crosses the finish line in 2:23.01 to win the National Marathon in Washington on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Wardian is a second consecutive time winner of the Washington National Marathon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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A Virginian man won his fifth National Marathon on Saturday.

Michael Wardian, 36, of Arlington, finished the race with an unofficial time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 1 second.

Wardian was actually a little slower this year. After winning the 2010 marathon in 2 hours, 21 minutes, and 58 seconds, he told NBC4, "This is a hometown race.  It's kind of like when someone comes on your home field, you don't want them to walk away with the win."

In the six years the National Marathon has been run, Wardian's worst finish was second place, in 2009.  Wilson Komem, a resident of Washington, D.C., took third place this year.

The winner of the women's race was Nadezhda Tuptova, of Gainesville, Fla. 

The race course ran through the Northwest, across the Anacostia River, and then finished at RFK Stadium.  This year, 16,000 participants competed.

The prize for first place was $2,000.

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