Dean Karnazes Running Across America

March 14, 2011 Update - Dean just updated that he has finished running today (~4:30 local in New Mexico). Day 18, 760 miles down. About 2200 to go. (Did you ever say that on a run?!)

March 13, 2011 Update - Through yesterday, which was day 16, Dean had run 677 miles. This is an average of over 42 miles per day. He is currently in New Mexico and scheduled to run a 5K in Albuquerque on the 17th. He has 12 of these scheduled as fund raisers along the course from LA to New York. Participants pay $50 to run with Dean. All proceeds go to the charity "Action for Healthy Kids".

By the way, Dean's new book "Run!", which was released March 1st, already hit the New York Times best seller list, as did his first book. That is good for running in general, but also helping to cause the recent high level of growth in ultra-running. Dean is a great story teller, though readers should understand that running an ultra is not as easy or as glamorous as he makes it sound. It is very hard and requires a lot of training before the race and a high pain tolerance during the race. (I already bought the book. I read his first one about 10 times and even got inspired to run some ultras. Some went better than others but none were easy).

March 9, 2011 Update - Through yesterday, which was day 12, Dean had run 499 miles. This is an average of almost 42 miles per day. He has run at least 40 every single day so far. He seems to be doing great and in excellent spirits. He starts many days by speaking at an elementary school, which is very consistent with his purpose of inspiring kids to be active. If he keeps it up, he should finish in approximately 60 more days. Note that some of his miles have been on trails, even though that is slower. He just likes it more than following the white line on highways and country roads.

March 5, 2011 Dean Karnazes, also known as the Ultramarathon Man and author of "Ultramarathon Man, Confessions of an All Night Runner", began a quest to run from Disney Land in Los Angeles, California to New York City, a distance of about 3,000 miles. While he may not be the first to run across the country, he may be one of the fastest. He is running 40 - 50 miles per day.

Dean began his trek with a huge sendoff at Disney Land on Friday 2/25/2011 and expects to take a little over two months. The journey will finish at the New York studios of NBC where Regis & Kelly host their show each weekday.

The run is sponsored in part by NBC and is featured daily on the Regis & Kelly show at 9 AM EST. All proceeds go to benefit Action for Healthy Kids, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the fitness of our children and stopping obesity. Dean will be speaking at many locations, in addition to daily appearances on the show. They also will host a dozen 5Ks across the country where people can run with Dean.

For further coverage go to:'s Bio: Dean Karnazes was a runner as a teenager, but a bad track coach turned him off of running. At age 30, this all changed when on his birthday he decided he had had enough of his sedentary, yuppie lifestyle and left from the bar at 11:30 at night to run 30 miles. The run left him tired and sore for days, but started a new phase in his life. He began to run every day and work out to improve his fitness. Not long after he heard about an unbelievable race, the Western States Endurance Run, a 100 mile race through the Siera Nevadas. He was fascinated by the challenge and the story of how Gordy Ainsleigh years before had entered the 100 mile horse race without a horse.....and finished! Soon after the race was separated as a human race one day and a horse race on another day, and the modern ultra-running era had begun. (The photo at left is on the course).

Dean trained, qualified for, and entered the race. It turned out to be an unbelievable challenge, but changed his life. He has since run Bad Water, the 135 mile race through Death Valley in July eight times, including one win. He has also run a marathon to the South Pole, run 350 miles without stopping to sleep, run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, and achieved many other challenging feats. You can read the story yourself in his book, a fascinating tale of overcoming obstacles. Dean is an exceptional story teller. You won't be able to put his book down.

Dean has now been running about 100 - 120 miles per week for 20 years. He runs and writes for a living. He only sleeps 4 hours per day, but uses most of his spare time to cross train. He says that he never sits down during the day. He gets his kids off to school and does things with them in the evening, but spends most of his day working out. He runs while his kids sleep (4 AM to 7 AM and 9 PM to midnight).

Click any of these links to review or buy his books from, including his new book "Run!":

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