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7 reasons we can't wait to run with Dean Karnazes

Posted on May. 14, 2014 ( comments)
If you don’t know, now you do: Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes is running the Roman Meal Sound to Narrows. We are adding excitement to our training regime as we count down to race day. Here are our top seven reasons why we are excited to see Dean K. at our favorite 12k.

He is a celebrity. We can’t help but be starstruck by the world’s most famous ultramarathon runner. Among his accomplishments: He wrote three books, TIME magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world and he writes a column for Runner’s World. 

He likes to run—a lot. Dean not only runs often, he runs far. At the 2014 Boston Marathon he ran to the starting line — from the finish line. He also once ran 350 miles — the equivalent of 50 Sound to Narrows races — in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep.

He supports healthy kids. His foundation KARNO Kids supports organizations and programs that help kids stay healthy. He believes in "no child left inside" and works tirelessly to end childhood obesity. 

He’s an inspiration. Dean believes in the power of running and wants to inspire others to run. In his book "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner," Dean says “I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.”

He reminds us we can do amazing things. In his book "50/50: Secrets I learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 days," Dean says “Unless you're not pushing yourself, you're not living to the fullest. You can't be afraid to fail, but unless you fail, you haven't pushed hard enough."

He likes Greek yogurt. Dean endorsed the healthiness of Greek yogurt long before it was cool. He is sponsored by the Greek Gods® brand yogurt. That means there will be tasty treats for all Sound to Narrows runners at the finish line.

He’s coming to Tacoma. Our running community is strong. It makes sense a running celebrity would chose our fine city as a destination to run. 

Are you excited about Dean coming to town? Tell us in the comments.

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