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Ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes speaks at Running Away Multisport

In the running community, Dean Karnazes, the self-titled ultra-marathon man who’s run countless miles and long-distance races, is a popular guy. So popular among Chicagoans that when they hear he’s coming to the Windy City, they flock to meet him. Karnazes currently is touring the country and spreading the word about The North Face Endurance Challenge Series, which hosts trail races of varying distances including one in Wisconsin in September.

Last night, Running Away Multisport hosted Karnazes at their Chicago store at 2219 N. Clybourn. It was a packed house with Karnazes running three to five miles with the group and then answering questions about running, ultramarathons and more.

Karnazes was such a huge hit with the Chicago crowd that RAM is repeating the event. Tonight, they’ll be welcoming Karnazes to their Deerfield location, 800 Waukegan Road. The fun starts at 6 p.m. with a three to five mile run that’ll end in a Q&A session back at the store. The North Face will be on-hand with giveaways and raffles throughout the night—you could win a race entry as some lucky attendees did last night.

A few quick facts about Karnazes:

  • He recently completed his 10th Badwater Ultramarathon. This foot race travels 135 miles through Death Valley where temperatures reached roughly 131 degrees.
  • He's run on all seven continents--more than once.
  • In 2006, he ran 50 marathons in all 50 United States over 50 days.
  • He runs so many ultramarathons that a marathon, at 26.2 miles, is considered short.

Registration for tonight’s event is requested by the Deerfield store. You can contact them by calling 847-945-2929 or tweet RAM, @ramultisport.