The definition of an ultramarathon runner is someone who runs distances greater than 26.2 miles. Dean Karnazes took the ultramarathon to a whole new level by running across the entire country (that’s almost 3,000 miles) this year.
Ever since he was in kindergarten, Dean ran wherever he went. He stopped running when he was 15 because his favorite coach retired, but on his 30th birthday he put on some old running shoes and ran 30 miles on a whim. Ever since, he has been running in marathons and ultramarathons.
LIVE With Regis and Kelly teamed up with Karnazes to sponsor his run across the country. His goal was to inspire people to get into shape and live healthy, active lifestyles. His starting point was Disneyland in California and his destination was New York City, where he would arrive on the set of the Regis and Kelly show. The journey took him 75 days with an average of 40-50 miles covered in a day.
In April, more than two-thirds through his journey, he stopped in Indianapolis to host a 5K run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to benefit the charity Action For Healthy Kids. While there were some serious athletes who came for the event, most were just people who just wanted to run with Karnazes, including students from a local charter school, The Project School, located at East 22nd and Martindale-Brightwood.