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Dean Karnazes

Ultramarathon Man

Biography

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 >

In 2006 he accomplished the seemingly impossible by running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the New York City Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat! Earlier this year he ran 3,000 miles from the coast of California to New York City, stopping along the way at the White House to be greeted and honored by First Lady Michelle Obama.

Dean Karnazes and his incredible adventures have been featured on The Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, “The Howard Stern Show,” NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner’s 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, to mention a few.

Yet it is his unique ability to enthuse athletes of all abilities and backgrounds that truly sets Karnazes apart. Despite his many accomplishments, awards, and distinctions, he remains most proud of his tireless contributions of time and funding to programs aimed at getting children and youth outdoors and moving and fighting to reverse the alarming rate of childhood obesity and inactivity. He has raised millions of dollars for charity and was awarded the prestigious Community Leadership Award by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.

Beyond being a celebrated endurance athlete, philanthropist, and best-selling author, Karnazes is an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. A graduate of the McLaren School of Business and Management, he is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business, and he is able to convey with authenticity the many insights he has gleaned along the way as a record-setting athlete and professional businessman.

Dean Karnazes is a sought-after speaker who has captivated and inspired audiences across the country with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He talks about unlocking an inner strength to achieve extraordinary results. His real-life examples explore the topics of dealing with adversity, overcoming obstacles, setting and reaching lofty goals, the importance of teamwork (even in solo endeavors), and excelling in a competitive and often confusing world. In his presentations, he examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds.

Karnazes is believable because his achievements and accomplishments are real. He delivers his message with the insight and candor that only an individual who has lived through such experiences can. His stories of endurance and perseverance are often comical, sometimes tear-jerking, and always thought-provoking and entertaining. Dean Karnazes’s roster of clients includes Nike, Google, Sony, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, Apple Computer, Merck, Toyota, Starbucks, Accenture, Stanford University, Yale, JP Morgan Chase, Facebook, and a host of others. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Excelling in a Competitive & Often Confusing World

Setting & Reaching Lofty Goals

The Essential Ingredients for High Achievement & Prevailing Against Staggering Odds

Books & Media

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Ultramarathon Man

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