Nov 15, 2012 2:23 AM by Kathy Kuretich

Running legend Dean Karnazes to race in SLO Marathon

Cal Poly graduate and ultra marathon man, Dean Karnazes will run in the San Luis Obispo Marathon, in April.
He's a legend in the running world for his ability to run incredible distances and revered around the world for inspiring many people to get off the couch and exercise.
His list of accomplishments is unbelievable.
He's run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days. He's ran across the United States, from California to New York, in 75 days, running 40-50 miles a day. He's run 350 continuous miles, without sleep. He's run across Death Valley in 120 degree heat, and ran a marathon across the South Pole, at 40 below.
He's a New York Times best seller, appeared on every major network, and now he's returning to San Luis Obispo.
This April, he's taking on the SLO Marathon.
"I love SLO Town! I've got to get back to farmer's market, it's been too long," said Karnazes.
SLO Marathon and Half Marathon Event Director Heather Hellman said they talked with Karnazes last year about attending, but this year, it worked out. Because response was so overwhelming in 2012, organizers are increasing the size of the marathon, and they think Karnazes will be a big draw.
"We'd like to triple the half marathon, and double the marathon, so we think Dean coming here might help that. We're just really excited," said Hellman.

Karnazes has been physically tested to see how his body can do what it does... for so long, in such extreme conditions.
"I've kind of been sliced and diced and tested quite a bit. One thing is that I have good biomechanics. So my alignment is good. Another thing is I can clear lactic acid out of my system at a very fast rate," he said.
Karnazes said you cannot train your body to have good biomechanics.
"They say the best thing you can do as a long distance runner is choose your parents well. Much of it is hereditary."
This April, he'll run the SLO Marathon, and take part in several events over that weekend. He said he doesn't train for marathons, and considers them more of a sprint.
If he's run consecutive marathons in a row, his time is more likely to be between 3 and 3.5 hours. If he has fresh legs he can finish in 2:45.

But he's not worried about his time. What he's really looking forward to, is being back in SLO.
"I'm honored to be back, and probably the thing I'm looking forward to the most, is the 5k, the kids run. And to all you kids out there listening, don't try to pass me!"

Of all his running accomplishments, Karnazes is most proud of a 10K. He ran it with his daughter, on her 10th birthday.

The San Luis Obispo Marathon will be held on April 7th, 2013.



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