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Featured Runner - Dean Karnazes aka UltraMarathonMan

What motivates you to get out the door and run?
Some people seem to need a reason to run; to me running is worthwhile in itself. The sense of freedom and autonomy running affords is innately life affirming, especially so when running on a trail in nature. Finding the motivation to do something I love is easy; I don’t need anything more than the desire to go running to get me out the door.

If you had the opportunity to do a run anywhere in the world, where would you run?
You’re asking a guy that’s run on all seven continents, twice. I’ve had the opportunity to run anywhere in the world and have ceased upon it, and it’s been wonderful and deeply fulfilling. I guess if I had to pick one spot it would be Greece. I’m Greek and that is the birthplace of running and the marathon (not to mention incredibly beautiful).

 

When training, what is your favourite run session?
LSD. For those that don’t know what this stands for, it’s Long, Slow, Distance. I love running a marathon before breakfast in around the four hour timeframe (with some climbing). Of course, I also do speed work. But that’s not my favourite most of the time.

 

Your favourite running event? And why?
Oh man, that’s a tough one. I’ve run over 300 marathons and probably more ultramarathons. If I had to pick one event I’d probably choose the time I ran 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. That was one heck of an adventure and pretty hard to top. I will plug the Blackall 100 on the Sunshine Coast, too. I did the Blackall 100 last October and it was one of the most spirited ultra’s I’ve ever done. The people were tremendous, and the food at the aid stations legendary!