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Dean Karnazes

Jan 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes

Over countless miles of pounded pavement and thousands of dollars raised, 42-year-old ultrarunner Dean Karnazes has elevated the act of goal-setting to an art. Karnazes is the six-time winner of the 199-mile Saturn Relay Ultra, the first and only person to run a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes, and winner of the 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon, the "World's Toughest Footrace," to name just a few. But his list of mind-boggling physical achievements is just a footnote to the solo efforts he has embarked on to raise money and awareness for causes such as organ donation and AIDS. Most recently, Karnazes completed a 350-mile continuous run through the San Francisco Bay Area to raise money for a two-year-old's heart transplant.

1. Raise a million dollars, for charity.
2. Reinvent fast food (a healthy version).
3. Run a marathon, with both my kids.
4. Windsurf to Hawaii, from California.
5. Coach a high school cross-country team.
6. Design a pair of running shoes (there are some good ones out there, but none that are perfect).
7. Go for a bike ride with Lance (a short one).
8. Found a not-for-profit organization which supports childhood health & fitness and environmental restoration & preservation.
9. Go for a jog, with Jack La Lanne.
10. Give away everything I own (to charity, or whoever will take the stuff).

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