TIME magazine named him as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as the fittest man on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times best-selling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across Death Valley in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of 12. Karnazes has swum the San Francisco Bay, scaled mountains, bike raced for 24 hours straight, and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Hawaii and California. His long list of competitive achievements include winning the world’s toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer. He has raced and competed on all seven continents of the planet, twice over. Read More >
"Dean Karnazes' talk to the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club was truly inspirational. Dean's achievements amazed even those who were Ironman veterans, not an easy feat. His laidback style and great sense of humor made all whom heard him wish the evening was longer. I'm sure we all pushed just a little farther next time out thanks to Dean.”
"Dean Karnazes is a living testament to the ability to set goals, achieve them with perseverance, and to inspire through example. His runs have helped many children facing severe challenges. He is humble in his service to humanity, and he speaks with wit and humor. The Inside Edge Foundation for Education thoroughly enjoyed its evening with Dean."
"Some say he’s the modern Phidipiddes, others say he’s the quintessential ultramarathorer; here at NIKE, we say Dean is a friend. One who is just another passionate runner, like you and me, yet one with a huge heart and a keen eye for making running interesting, and a part of life forever and ever.”
"Dean Karnazes is one of the most inspiring people I have encountered. All at one time he will make you laugh, cry, reflect, and continuously "pick your jaw up off of the floor" over his remarkable accomplishments. He’s one of the most entertaining speakers I have witnessed."
"Dean's presentation at The North Face headquarters left our entire staff, regardless of their athletic ability, inspired, motivated, impressed and speechless. His tales from the road perfectly illustrate just how much influence the human spirit has over the human body. To have such a powerful message come from such a personable, guy-next-door type, is highly effective. I think our productivity jumped tenfold after his presentation!"
"Dean has a heart of gold, and legs of steel."