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October 20, 2005

Thanks to Dean and Dave

Every November, Mike Dove and I use our running column to express all the things we are thankful for.

This year, I'm definitely going to thank Dean Karnazes and David Letterman.

In March, Karnazes went on The Late Show to promote his book Ultramarathon Man. I had previously had only a passing awareness of Karnazes, seeing him in photos from running magazines.

Letterman was in good spirits, but seemed genuinely confused about whether to be amused or impressed by Karnazes's exploits. The interview was equal parts absurd and inspirational - not unlike the sport of ultrarunning, really.

I bought Karnazes's book and tore through it. For many years I had wondered if I could complete an ultra, and by the time I had finished Ultramarathon Man, I was absolutely convinced it was possible.

I trained throughout the summer, and last week I finished my first ultra, the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 in Castro Valley. It was a beautiful race, and one of my most rewarding experiences in running.

I don't know if I'll continue my foray into ultrarunning, but I definitely know that I wouldn't have started when I did if it weren't for that Late Show interview. For giving me the impetus to start, I'm grateful to both of them.

So thanks, Dean. Thanks, Dave.

(The interview can be seen on Dean Karnazes's website here.)


Scott Dunlap 10/26/05, 4:51 PM  

Congrats on your Fire Trails run!

Dean let me interview him about his recent 350 mile run -->


See you out there...


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