Thursday, July 12, 2007

Dean Karnazes Wins ESPY Award for Best Outdoor Athlete

The polls are in, and Dean Karnazes won the ESPY Award for Best Outdoor Athlete by a large margin. A great day for Dean, I'm sure, and certainly a good day for ultrarunning. Congrats, Dean! You can check out the ceremony on ESPN this Sunday, July 15th, @ 9pm PST.

Dean passed on the following:
"Much thanks to the many of you who took the time and energy to vote and pass along the word to others. It was a tremendous evening at the ESPY awards ceremony in LA last night, and I got to rub shoulders with some of the great names in sports today (actually, my shoulder rubbed somewhere near their midsection, those basketball players are huge).

I was fortunate to be an ESPY winner in the category of Best Outdoor Athlete, and I really appreciate your support. It is a great honor to have won this award, and I thank you many times over.

Best always,

Dean Karnazes"


  1. Ah man! Way to ruin the surprise for me! ;) It's great to see that Dean won the ESPY, it can only be a good thing for the running community.

  2. Vote early and vote often. Guess my vote did count! Yay for Karno!

  3. Thanks for the fast update! It's nice to see him get this, though I imagine the Ultra community will have mixed reviews. Good for those folks that want to see ultrarunning get more exposure, bad for those that want to keep lottery races at a minimun. I'm sure the complaint will be that there are better runners out there, but ESPY's don't go to someone that the general public has not heard of. Reguardless, he's pushing limits and bringing exposure and money to great causes That should not be overlooked, no matter what someone's opinion of him is.

  4. Does Dean own any shirts?

  5. I think Dean and Matthew McConaughay share one one week one gets, the next week the mostly it's shirtless weeks for both:-)

  6. Hey, if I looked like Dean or Matthew McConaughay I wouldn't EVER wear a shirt.

  7. You guys crack me up!

    Here's some news from North Face PR:

    Dean Karnazes, 2007 ESPY Award Winner, to Speak in San Francisco

    “Magic in Misery”
    Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes to Speak

    Dean Karnazes shares his story of dreaming up, preparing for, and eventually running
    The North Face Endurance 50—50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. Upon completion of his exhausting quest in New York City, Dean braved frigid headwinds, sideways sleet, and wandering semi-trucks while running back to where it all began, 1,300 miles away in St. Louis. His story will entertain and inspire you to challenge your own boundaries.

    Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Event Times: 6:00 – 7:00 pm Silent Auction & VIP Reception
    Meet & Greet with Dean Karnazes

    7:00 – 8:00 pm General Admission:
    Dean Karnazes presents “Magic in Misery”

    8:00 – 8:15 pm Silent Auction Final Bidding

    The silent auction will feature commemorative images from The North Face Endurance
    50, donations to benefit Karno Kids, an organization to fight childhood obesity.

    Location: Palace of Fine Arts
    3301 Lyon Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123


  8. huh.. a great accomplishment for dean. my vote, had i known enough to cast one would have gone to karl meltzer, six 100 miler wins in one calendar year?!.. and four of them course records. and they weren't "easy" hundreds he ran the hurt and hardrock.

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