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TIME magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics fame, called him, “A real superhuman.” An acclaimed endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, he’s run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across the Sahara Desert 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 twelve. His long list of competitive achievements includes winning the World’s Toughest Footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, and 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 is an ESPN ESPY winner, a 3-time recipient of Competitor magazines Endurance Athlete of the Year award and serves as a US Athlete Ambassador. He’s twice carried the Olympic Torch and in 2018 received the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dean 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 magazine’s, 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 set Dean apart. Despite his many accomplishments, awards and distinctions, he remains most proud of his ongoing contributions of time and funding to programs aimed at getting children and youth outdoors and active. 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 bestselling author, Dean is an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. A graduate of the USF McLaren School of Business & 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 is a sought-after speaker who has captivated and inspired audiences across the globe 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.
Dean 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. Dean’s stories of endurance and perseverance are often comical, sometimes tear-jerking, and always thought-provoking and entertaining. His roster of clients include: Nike, Google, Sony, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, Apple Computer, Merck, Toyota, Starbucks, Accenture, Stanford University, Yale, JP Morgan Chase, Amazon, Facebook, and a host of others. Read Less ^
"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."
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