Author Archives: Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

Seconds Matter

Ultramarathon races take hours, days. What’s a few lost seconds, right? Wrong. Seconds really do matter. Let me share with you a little story that illustrates this point. The race wasn’t a traditional ultramarathon, but a multiday adventure race involving a variety of disciplines, which included running, mountain biking, paddling and rock climbing.


Techpocalypse Now

I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where I glimpsed into the future. And there ain’t nothin’ left to hide.

Dean Karnazes

Inspiration Never Rusts

The word inspiration has almost become cliché these days. It’s so overused the true meaning has been diluted and cheapened. Yet there’s no denying that the words others say to us can have the power to, well, inspire.


What A Mother!

Over the years there have been an increasing number of families attending the Western States Endurance Run. I thought it might be enlightening – and perhaps a bit entertaining – to hear the perspective of a family member, so I solicited the help of dear ol’ mom. What you’re about to read is her take on the inaugural Western States “experience.”

Dean Karnazes

Stepping Up To Ultra

My seatmate asked what was bringing me to Chicago. “I’m going to run the marathon,” I informed him. “Wow,” he proclaimed, “Is that far?” Perhaps the noise of the plane’s engine had garbled his words. “Are you asking me the distance of a marathon?” I inquired, not sure if I had heard him correctly. He