Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes, 54, has run Squaw Valley’s Western States 100, the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley’s 125-degree heat and a sub-zero South Pole marathon, among others. He’s run across the United States, and run 50 marathons in 50 states on 50 consecutive days.
He has also written several best-selling books, been named by Time magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world and is sponsored by North Face. Men’s Fitness has hailed him as the fittest man on the planet and he was the winner of the 2008 ESPY Award for “Best Outdoor Athlete.”
Most recently, Karnazes retraced the steps of the great Greek messenger Pheidippides, to the point of eating and drinking only what was available in 490 BCE. He will be sharing his story of running the Spartathlon, and his personal reflection of his Greek heritage and history at Readers’ Books on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.
He will read from his new book, “The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace” and answer the questions why do you do it, how do you do it, and... are you insane?
Books by Dean Karnazes
“The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run that Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace” 2016) ISBN 978-1-60961-474-4
“Run: 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss” 2011
“50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days” 2009
“Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” 2006
Dean Karnazes will share his story at Readers’ Books in Sonoma on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m.