Sunday, February 27, 2011
Dean Karnazes is hoping his run across the country will inspire you to start exercising!
Ultra Marathon man Dean Karnazes, whose physical accomplishments include.....
*Runner up at the Canadian Death Race, 2009
*Overall Winner, 4 Deserts Race Series, which TIME magazine calls “The toughest endurance series in the world," 2008
*Competitor magazine Endurance Athlete of the Year Award winner, 2008, 2006, 2005
*ESPN ESPY Award winner, “Best Outdoor Athlete,” 2007
*Ran 50 Marathons, in 50 US States, in 50 Consecutive Days, 2006
*Winner, Vermont Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run, 2006
*Two-time Emmy Award winner, 2005, 2007
*American Ultrarunning Team, World Championships, 2005, 2008
*Men’s Journal, Adventure Hall of Fame, 2005
*Winner, Badwater Ultramarathon: World’s Toughest Footrace, 2004
*Eleven-time Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run Silver Buckle holder, 1995-2006
*Outside magazine, Ultimate Top 10 Outdoor Athletes, 2004
*Winner, Outdoor World Championships, 2001
is running from California to New York in 75 days to raise awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic in America. He is hoping to inspire everyone to be more healthy and active in their daily lives.The trip began on Feb. 25th in Disneyland. The money that will be raise during this trip, (through sponsoring runners in 5k and 10k races, that he will participate in along the way) will all go to the charity "Action for Healthy Kids". Action for Healthy Kids, is a non profit organization whose mission it is to improve the health of students across the country through exercise and healthy eating.
Dean won't be stopping often, even to sleep! He will average about 50 miles a day. (woah) but, when he does take a break from all his running, he will be visiting some schools and health clubs to speak about the cost the obesity epidemic has on peoples lives.
Today more than 34% of adults in the US are obese and 1/3 of American Children, 25 million are overweight or obese. Dean will be stressing the need to eat healthy and exercise for our own health and to be good role models for our children.
Dean's own charity Karno Kids also supports healthy living for kids. You can read more about Dean and his charitable work on his website http://www.ultramarathonman.com/flash/.
You can also learn more about him and his trip in this video
Here are some fun facts about Deans trip:
He will go through about 12 pairs of sneakers
Eat 20 bananas a day (among other things)
Consume 10,000 calories a day
Pass through 17 states and the district of Columbia
Run almost 3000 miles!
Run 50-60 miles a day, for 14 hours everyday!
You can catch updates about Dean's Journey on "Live With Regis and Kelly" and on his facebook page.
Dean's ultrarun should make us all stop saying "we can't" and inspire us to go out and achieve all our fitness goals!
Let me know if you have been motivated to start your own walk/ run program, sign up for your first 5k or even half marathon!