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Dean Karnazes

Kentfield, United States

Accomplished athlete, bestselling author, one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: California
Speaking Topics: Motivational, experiential marketing and event design, brand development, positioning and promotion

Dean Karnazes Points
Academic 0
Author 300
Influencer 606
Speaker 0
Entrepreneur 20
Total 926

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Business Strategy
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Health and Wellness 31.75
SportsTech 100
Leadership 31.32
Social 30.24

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5 Books
A Runner's High: Older, Wiser, Slower, Stronger
Allen & Unwin
April 07, 2022
Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits, from running in the shoe-melting heat of Death Valley to the lung-freezing cold of the South Pole. He's raced and competed across the globe and once ran 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days.

In A Runner's High, Karnazes chronicles his return to the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run in his mid-fifties after first completing the race decades ago. The Western States, infamous for its rugged terrain and extreme temperatures, becomes the most demanding competition of his life, a physical and emotional reckoning and a battle to stay true to one's purpose. Confronting his age, wearying body, career path and life choices, we see Karnazes as we never have before, raw and exposed. A Runner's High is both an endorphin-fuelled page-turner and a love letter to the sport from one of its most celebrated ambassadors.

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A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion
April 20, 2021
“A Runner’s High wakes up the appetite to run long distances. Dean takes us on a lifelong journey of ultramarathons, through the ups and downs, the friendships and lonely moments, and the struggles and rewards of each race. Dean writes in a direct and intimate way that keeps us reading like he runs—without stopping.”—Kilian Jornet, author of Above the Clouds and world champion ultramarathoner

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Tags: Leadership, SportsTech

Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
February 28, 2012
In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man, world-renowned ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail; Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian Outback, Antarctica, and the back alleys of New Jersey.

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August 12, 2009
Dean Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles through three sleepless nights, ordered pizza during long runs, and inspired fans the world over with his adventures. So what does a guy like this do when he wants to face the ultimate test of endurance? He runs 50 marathons in 50 states-in 50 consecutive days.

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Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner
March 02, 2006
As an athlete, ultrarunning legend (Men's Journal) Dean Karnazes has run 350 miles without rest and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. As an author, he has inspired countless couch potatoes to get off the couch, cancel the cable, and start running. In September, Karnazes embarks on his most monumental feat ever, The North Face Endurance 50. Beginning September 17 (at the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles, Missouri), Dean will run fifty marathons (each marathon is 26.2 miles) in fifty states on fifty consecutive days. The North Face Endurance 50 will culminate with Dean's run in the New York City Marathon on November 5.

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Ultra Marathon Man
Ultra Marathon Man
January 01, 2022
Named by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” 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 across Death Valley in the middle of summer, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole.

On ten separate occasions he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. His list of competitive achievements include winning the World’s Toughest Footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, and winning the 4 Deserts Challenge, racing in the hottest, driest, windiest and coldest places on earth.

A NY Times bestselling author, Dean is a frequent speaker and panelist at many running and sporting events worldwide.

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Tags: Leadership, Health and Wellness, SportsTech

1 Influencer Award
100 Most Influential People in the World
TIME magazine
March 16, 2019
Named by TIME magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,”

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Tags: Social, Leadership, SportsTech

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