Dean Karnazes: Keep Going

Dean Karnazes talks about experience as an ultra marathon runner, his journey to where he is today, the importance of a good support system, building a life around ultra marathon and more in this episode of Championship Leadership podcast.

In This Episode:

  • [2:45] What does championship leadership mean to Dean?
  • [3:49] What brought Dean to where he is today?
  • [13:30] What kept him running?
  • [15:51] Building a life around ultra marathon.
  • [18:17] Dean’s vision and future plans.
  • [25:08] Badwater.
  • [27:30] A turning point inside of Dean’s life.
  • [29:42] Episode takeaways.

Important Quotes:

“A great leader is a hardworking individual that leads by example.”

“I’ve always treated people with respect, male or female.”

“Id rather fail and know that i tried.”

“We always regret the things we don’t do.”

“When you get to where you’re going, keep going.”

About The Guest:

TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve.

His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat.

Dean and his incredible adventures have been featured on 60 Minutes, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News, CNN, ESPN, The Howard Stern Show, NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, and many others. He has appeared on the cover of Runner’s World and Outside, and been featured in TIME, Newsweek, People, GQ, The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, Men’s Journal, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, and the London Telegraph, to mention a few. He is a monthly columnist for Men’s Health, the largest Men’s publication in the world.

Beyond being a celebrated endurance athlete, philanthropist, and bestselling author, Dean is an accomplished businessman with a notable professional career working for several Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. A graduate of USF’s McLaren School of Business & Management, with additional graduate-level coursework at Stanford University, he is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business, and he is able to convey, with authenticity, the many insights he has gleaned along the way as an athlete and business professional.





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