Information courtesy of United
(LUBBOCK, Texas) – Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes, the man TIME magazine named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World,” hailed as one of the fittest men on the planet by Men’s Fitness and known for running 262 miles - the equivalent of 10 marathons - without rest will run the Lubbock Mayor’s Marathon presented by United Supermarkets April 22.
Karnazes earned the moniker “Ultramarathon Man” after his memoir by the same name became a NY Times Bestseller in 2005. He will participate in a free community Q & A session, and book signing at the United Supermarkets located at 6313 4th St. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21. At 1 p.m., all registered full marathon participants are invited to meet and mingle with Dean in a private reception. Copies of Dean’s latest NY Times bestselling book The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run that Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace will be available for purchase.
The next day, Sunday, April 22, Karnazes will run the entire 26.2 mile Mayor’s Marathon course with race participants. Additionally, between now and race day, Karnazes will share some of his ultramarathoner tips, lessons learned and encouraging wisdom on United Supermarkets’ Facebook page.
An acclaimed endurance athlete, speaker and philanthropist, Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits and enjoys inspiring others with his personal story and harrowing tales of extreme running. His long list of competitive achievements includes winning the world’s toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles nonstop across Death Valley during the middle of summer. He has raced and competed on all seven continents of the planet, twice over. He’s run across the Sahara Desert in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees.
Karnazes has had the honor of twice running with the Olympic torch, first in the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and again last year for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.
“I’m excited to be a part of Lubbock’s first marathon,” said Karnazes. “My wife’s parents live in Lubbock and I know West Texas is a special place; I look forward to being back in Texas and running The Loop.”
“Dean has been an inspiration to athletes around the world,” said Robert Taylor, president, The United Family. We share his values around the importance of exercise and proper nutrition and we couldn’t be prouder to bring him back to Texas to help us make the inaugural Mayor’s Marathon a success.”