TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as the fittest man on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and best-selling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across Death Valley 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. Dean has swum the San Francisco Bay, scaled mountains, bike raced for 24-hours straight, and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Hawaii and California. His long list of competitive achievements include winning the world’s toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer.
His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 U.S. states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the New York City Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat. Nobody thought this would be humanly possible prior to Karnazes historic undertaking.
Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, NPR and the BBC. He has appeared on the cover of Runner’s World and Outside, and been featured in TIME, Newsweek, GQ, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Forbes.
His first book, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner, was a national bestseller and the #7 selling sports book worldwide. His recent titled, 50/50: How to Achieve Super Endurance and Run! 26 Stories of Blisters and Bliss, have received widespread acclaim as a story of both inspiration and aspiration.
Always wanting to do more, Dean has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity through his running and sports career. He has participated in the Leukemia Society of America’s “Team-In-Training” and “Man of the Year” programs, has raised money for the Special Olympics and has selflessly contributed his time to numerous youth fitness programs and environmental causes. For his tireless efforts, Dean was awarded the prestigious 2008 Community Leadership Award by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.
Beyond being a celebrated endurance athlete, philanthropist, and best-selling author, Dean is an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. A graduate of the McLaren School of Business & Management, he is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business.
Dean is a sought after speaker who has captivated and inspired audiences across the country 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. His roster of clients include Nike, Google, Sony, PepsiCo, Wells Fargo, Apple Computer, Merck, Toyota, Starbucks, Accenture, Stanford University, Yale, JP Morgan Chase, and a host of others.