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Team Extremus Athlete Michael J. Karlin Awarded Prestigious USA Track & Field Phidippides Award

Accomplished Bethesda distance runner earns USA Track & Field Phidippides Award by becoming a 6x USATF Masters All-American in Road Running.

New York, NY, January 09, 2014 --( Highly accomplished distance runner Michael J. Karlin from Bethesda, MD has been awarded the very prestigious USA Track & Field Phidippides Award for 2013. Michael has become an extremely versatile runner since earning USATF Masters All-American Road Running marks in the 10 mile, 12km, 10 km, 5 mile/8 km, 4 mile, and 5 km distances. Michael is also a USATF Potomac Valley Region (Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC) age-bracket Track Champion in the 800 meter run and the 400 meter dash.

The Phidippides Award, inspired by the historic master’s runner, is an award available to dedicated members of USATF (over the age of 40) who earn points through their participation in road races throughout the year. Athletes who earn enough points will be recognized by USATF with a personalized Gold, Silver, or Bronze plaque.

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About Michael Karlin (

Michael Karlin is a World-Ranked Competitive Towerrunner, USATF Track Champion, and USATF Masters All-American in Road Running. In the sport of Towerrunning, Michael has ranked #40 in the World among men. In 2012, Michael became the first and only American to finish the German Everest Stair Challenge. The goal of the Challenge is to climb 39,700 steps up and down while covering a distance of two marathons horizontally in less than 24 hours, all of which is the equivalent distance from Sea Level to the Summit of Mt. Everest and back down. Michael is also a member of the “nation’s premier stair-climbing squad,” the International West Coast Labels Towerrunning Team, and is the co-founder of “the Northeast’s pre-eminent stair squad,” The Tower Masters Towerrunning Team, as described by the New York Times Magazine in How to Make an Ironman Whimper (and Cough), January 25, 2013.

Michael is a USATF Potomac Valley Region (Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC) age-bracket Track Champion in the 800 meter run and the 400 meter dash. In addition, he is a USATF Masters All-American Road Runner in the 10 mile, 12km, 10 km, 5 mile/8 km, 4 mile, and 5 km distances. He also earned the USATF Gold Phidippides Award for Outstanding Performance and Endurance in Masters Long Distance Running.

The Towerrunning World Association, which regulates towerrunning internationally and ranks competitive tower runners, has appointed Michael as a U.S. Delegate to the Towerrunning World Council and Member of the five-person Towerrunning Athletes Commission for 2014.

Michael holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from the George Washington University. He is also a CPA and CFP. His diverse work involves financial markets, being a Director for a Biotech start-up, and ownership of a small business involving the Internet.

About USA Track & Field (USATF) (

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. Led by President Stephanie Hightower and CEO Max Siegel, USATF is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization with a staff of professional program administrators at the National Office in Indianapolis.
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