10 Ques­tions

Dean Kar­nazes

Canadian Running - - DEPARTMENTS -

Dean Kar­nazes could be con­sid­ered one of the god­fa­thers of mod­ern ul­tra­run­ning. Along with Scott Jurek, the Amer­i­can brought ul­tra-en­durance run­ning into the main­stream. He is most well known for run­ning 50 marathons in 50 states in just 50 days back in 2006. Kar­nazes has been pro­filed on 60 Min­utes, ap­peared on the Late Show with David Let­ter­man and has won an espy award.

What would you say are your defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics as a run­ner?

Longevity. I’ve raced and com­peted on all seven con­ti­nents, twice now, and have no in­ten­tions of slow­ing down.

What do you ad­mire most in an­other run­ner?

Grit. Per­sis­tence. Hu­mil­ity. Pas­sion. And a good sense of hu­mour.

What is your idea of hap­pi­ness?

A pair of shoes and an end­less trail.

Who are your ath­letic he­roes?

Phei­dip­pi­des, the an­cient mes­sen­ger that saved western civ­i­liza­tion and gave us the marathon in the process. He, and Roger Fed­erer. That guy’s amaz­ing!

Where would you like to live?

Hon­estly, nowhere. I’m most at home roam­ing. A no­madic life with no per­ma­nent res­i­dence would suit me well. Of course, if I had to choose a lo­ca­tion, a small is­land in Greece wouldn’t be so bad.

What is your great­est run­ning-re­lated re­gret?

That I gave up run­ning as a teenager and waited more than a decade to pick it back up again.

What is your great­est fear?

Not re­al­iz­ing my full po­ten­tial. The bar might be low, but not clear­ing it would be a life in­com­pletely lived.

If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be?

I’d al­ways re­mem­ber to laugh at my­self and never take life too se­ri­ously. We’re only here for a fleet­ing mo­ment. En­joy.

What’s one thing you can’t live with­out?

A tat­tered picture of my fam­ily. I take it ev­ery­where (that’s why it’s so tat­tered).

What is your motto?

If at first you don’t suc­ceed, train harder!

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