Dean Kar­nazes

Athletics Weekly - - Performance -

Age: 55

Home: Cal­i­for­nia, USA About: Known as ‘the ul­tra­ma­rathon man’, Kar­nazes was a pioneer of ul­tra marathon run­ning by way of bring­ing it to the at­ten­tion of the broader public. In the United States he ran a marathon a day for 50 days in 50 dif­fer­ent states, which brought him wider ac­claim. He’s the au­thor of sev­eral ul­tra-run­ning books in­clud­ing the re­cently pub­lished ‘The road to Sparta’.

He says: I start to in­crease the length of my daily runs, but as you’ll of­ten hear run­ners talk about time on their feet, I spend all day on my feet. Lit­er­ally, I don’t sit down dur­ing the day. I have a stand up desk and use it all the time. My big­gest am­bi­tion is to run in ev­ery coun­try in the world in a one-year time frame, some­thing I’m in the stages of plan­ning right now.

My favourite kit: The North Face – Flight Se­ries Fuse Jacket (£85.00; thenorth­face.

Why: It’s weath­er­proof and breath­able, but most im­por­tantly so light. I can pack it into a pocket, so it’s ul­tra con­ve­nient when I’m un­sure of the weather. Our ver­dict: We also found the jacket to be in­cred­i­bly light and great at pack­ing down into its own pocket. The in­cor­po­rated hood is use­ful and adds fur­ther pro­tec­tion to the wa­ter and wind re­sis­tant fab­ric. Breatha­bil­ity is good and the en­gi­neered ar­eas of ven­ti­la­tion are a real ben­e­fit. The bonded seams help keep out the worst of the weather, en­sur­ing pro­tec­tion from the un­ex­pected down­pour.

Dean Kar­nazes: ‘ul­tra marathon man’

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