Dean Karnazes A Pioneer in the World of Ultra Marathons ‘The Road to Sparta’

We have a special guest on the show this week to celebrate the podcasts second birthday, someone one was has influenced a generation of runners to challenge their own personal limits and beyond.

Podcast #106 Dean Karnazes A Pioneer in the World of Ultra Marathons ‘The Road to Sparta’

Winner of the Badwater 135 mile race through death valley, holder of the Great Western State 10 times finisher buckle, he’s ran 350 miles nonstop where he invented the new sport of sleep running, completed the 3000km run across America, ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days finishing with New York Marathon with an amazing time of 3hr 30 seconds, the list goes on and on running countless marathons and ultramarathons.

He hadn’t ran in years then on his 30th birthday whilst out drinking with his mates he took a head stagger, ran out of the bar, and ran 30 miles into the night, the very next day he resigned from his high level corporate job and pursued a career in running.

He’s been on numerous chat shows which included The Late Show with David Letterman, one of my old favourites The Howard Stern Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien etc..

He has also appeared on the cover of Runners’ World, Outside, and Wired magazines, and has been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men’s Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, among others. Karnazes won Competitor magazine’s “Endurance Athlete of the Year” award three times, and also earned ESPN’s ESPY award.

He has released top selling books with my favourite being Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

1) 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days

2) Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss, Rodale

3) The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run that Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace,

Other honors include:

1) Competitor magazine Endurance Athlete of the Year Award winner, 2008, 2006, 2005

2) ESPN ESPY Award winner, “Best Outdoor Athlete”, 2007

3) Men’s Journal, Adventure Hall of Fame, 2007

4) Outside magazine, Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes, 2004

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