Ultramarathon Man

Ultramarathon Man

Format
Hardcover
Price
$19.95
 
Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781585422784
  • 288 Pages
  • Tarcher
  • Adult

Overview

In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to “take that next step.”

“UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons – 50 States – 50 Days”, a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean’s incredible step-by-step journey across the country.

There are those of us whose idea of the ultimate physical challenge is the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon. And then there is Dean Karnazes. Karnazes has run 226.2 miles nonstop; he has completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramara-thon across Death Valley National Park-considered the world’s toughest footrace-in 130-degree weather; and he is the only person to complete a marathon to the South Pole in running shoes (and probably the only person to eat an entire pizza and a whole cheesecake while running).

Karnazes is an ultramarathoner: a member of a small, elite, hard-core group of extreme athletes who race 50 miles, 100 miles, and longer. They can run forty-eight hours and more without sleep, barely pausing for food or water or even to use the bathroom. They can scale mountains, in brutally hot or cold weather, pushing their bodies, minds, and spirits well past what seems humanly possible.

Ultramarathon Man is Dean Karnazes’s story: the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada. Karnazes captures the euphoria and out-of-body highs of these adventures.

With an insight and candor rarely seen in sports memoirs, he also reveals how he merges the solitary, manic, self-absorbed life of hard-core ultrarunning with a full-time job, a wife, and two children, and how running has made him who he is today: a man with an überjock’s body, a teenager’s energy, and a champion’s wisdom.

Praise

“Heart-stopping stuff. The world’s #7 biggest sports bestseller.”
–The Economist

“Fascinating”
–Sports Illustrated

“Full of euphoric highs. Rusisng with Karnazes [is] like setting up one’s easel next to Money or Picasso… His book describes a journey into distance running that is much less about sweat than about the emotional terrain that unfolds at the frontier of endurance.”
–The New York Times

“Buzz book.”
–People

“[Karnazes'] spirited memoir… can help mere mortals who want to push past their perceived limits or simply jump-start their sedentary lives.”
–Chicago Tribune

“There is clearly something Nietzschean in Karnaze’s makeup…that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
–Los Angeles Times

“Iron man Dean Karnazes is no mere mortal.”
–Time

“Makes the extraordinary look easy.”
–GQ

“An exhibition of unadulterated courage and mental and physical stamina [for] anyone who likes to read about ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”
–Boston Globe

“Dean’s masochism is a reader’s pleasure.”
–Publishers Weekly

“The perfect escapist fantasy for couch potatoes and weekend warriors alike.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“Passionate”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“Eye-popping.”
–Asociated Press

“[Dean is] like a comic book superhero who remains undercover by day, every bit the unremarkable family man.”
–The London Daily Telegraph

“A real life Forrest Gump… [Karnazes] has pushed his body to limits that are beyond masochistic. They’re inhuman.”
–Newsday

“Ultrarunning legend.”
–Men’s Journal

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