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Endurance athlete Dean Karnazes to speak in Austin

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 23, 2013

Dean Karnazes makes me feel like a slug.

He’s run 350 miles without stopping. He’s raced across the Sahara Desert in temperatures that make Austin feel cool. Not content just to bake while he runs, he’s also run around the South Pole in minus 40-degree temps.

He’s blasted 200-mile relays solo, padding alongside teams of 12. In 2006 he ran 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the New York City Marathon, which he scorched in 3 hours flat. And when he’s not running (which is when?) he’s also swimming, climbing, cycling and surfing.

Karnazes does nice things for people, too. He speaks at schools about the importance of getting outdoors, being active and healthy eating.

“I used to eat junk food, but now I don’t. Hey, people change,” he famously once said. His mantra is “Get off the couch, get healthy, hit the trails and go the extra mile.”

Karnazes, aka the Super Human, will speak about “Running Adventures from Earth’s Seven Continents” at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7 at Stateside at the Paramount Theatre, 719 Congress Avenue, as part of the 2013 edition of the North Face Speakers Series. The Austin appearance is hosted by Whole Earth Company.

Admission is free, but you must register in advance at Reserved seating is available for $8 at

A VIP reception for those who want to meet Karnazes is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Stateside. Tickets for the reception are $20 and will benefit the Westcave Preserve in Austin.

For more information about Karnazes, go to For more information about the speaker series, go to

And be sure to wear your running shoes. You’ll probably want to run all the way home.