We are pleased to announce that 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon applicant Dean Karnazes has secured a spot on the starting line of our race.

Dean was able to bypass the wait-and-see period by taking advantage of our "Immediate Entry" program for applicants who make a significant donation to Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Official Charity of the Badwater Ultramarathon and all other AdventureCORPS events. His generous donation of $1000 directly to CAF will go a long way towards CAF's mission of recognizing the athletic greatness of people with disabilities and supporting these efforts by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs. Grants are awarded to persons with any type of physical disability and for a wide range of sports. For more on what you can do to support CAF, click here.

Dean is a Badwater veteran, having completed the race in 1996 and 2000. Just a few weeks ago he placed fourth at Western States 100. Click here for a great sequence of shots of Dean during the 2000 race.

Welcome back to Badwater, Dean, and thanks for your support of Challenged Athletes Foundation!


deanoName: Dean Karnazes
City: San Francisco
State: CA
Country: USA
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Nationality: US
Occupation: Small business owner
Birthday: 08/23/1962
Age: 40
T-Shirt: Medium
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Number of Years Running: 34
Number of Marathons and 50k's: 100 +

Qualifying Standard(s) I Meet-I meet all 6 Qualifying Standards
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50 mile races-Napa Valley 50, 1999, 7:32, 2nd Place
Gibson Ranch 50, 1993, 8:27, 14th Place
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100km races-Miwok 100K, 3X, 9:18-10:15, 4th Place 2002
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100mi races-Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, 8X, 17:43-22:15, 4th Place 2003
Wasatch Front 100, 1996, 24:42, 8th Place
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100mi+ races-The Providian Relay (199 miles, solo), 5X, 46:17-57:54
The Hood-to-Coast (194 miles, solo), 2001, 45:10
Badwater, 2X, 32:42-51:23

Previous Badwater Racing Experience: 1996, 51:23, 10th Place 2000, 32:42, 7th Place
Previous Badwater Crewing Experience: 1995, DNF, Crew vehicle broke down and ran without support for over 30 miles, nearly died, it was fun.
Previous Badwater Clinic Experience:
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My Badwater Finishing Prediction:

Under 40 hours (hopefully), based on my previous Badwater finish in 2000 of 32:42.
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My Weirdest Experience:

On the second night of running 199 miles nonstop, I fell asleep while running and continued to run for quite some distance while sleeping. We’ve all heard of sleep walking, but this was something new: sleep running.
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My Most Challenging Race Experience:

I once ran a marathon to the South Pole without snowshoes. We were stuck on Antarctica for nearly a month, and the event became very controversial as some people elected to wear snowshoes during the run while others didn’t. It took me 9:18 to complete the marathon, running as fast as I could, and I had trained and prepared diligently for the challenge. Unfortunately, the press focused on the feuding rather than the accomplishments of those involved.
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Why I Run Ultras:

That’s easy, I participate in ultra-endurance events because of all the free food at the aid-stations.
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Why I want a slot on the start line of the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon:

Badwater is unlike any other event. It is the ultimate challenge of mind and body, combining ultra-distance with truly inhospitable conditions. Plus, being from San Francisco, it’s a chance to get out of the fog.
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My Other Ultrasport Experience:

I’ve competed as a professional windsurfer from 1986 to 1994, snowboarded since 1988, ridden numerous centuries and 24-hour mountain bike events, participated in plenty of triathlons, surfed most my life, hiked and fast-packed around the world and was the overall winner of the 2000 Outdoor World Championships. Yes, you could say that I love the outdoors.
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Media that I will represent or write for:

Not as of this date.
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Media that will cover my experience in this race:

Not as of this date.
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The Charity that I will represent and raise funds for is:

I have chosen to make a contribution to the official charity of the Badwater Ultramarathon, the Challenged Athletes Foundation. My Badwater run will be in honor of this worthy cause and the athletes it supports.
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Do I speak English?: yes
Does my crew speak English?: yes
Will I hike Mt. Whitney after the race?: yes
Do I know that I need a Permit to hike on Mt. Whitney?: yes
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Here is my athletic resume:

More than just an accomplished ultra-endurance runner, Dean is a passionate adventure athlete who is as comfortable windsurfing the massive breakers of northern California as he is running 100 miles through the mountains. He is a nationally recognized windsurfer and runner, and is also a competitive snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer and triathlete. Dean has traveled and competed throughout the world and has been the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles and his adventures have been featured on TV and radio. He has run 200 miles nonstop in 45 hours, mountain biked for 24-hours straight, swam across the San Francisco Bay, run across Death Valley in the middle of summer and run a marathon to the South Pole.

As someone who loves the outdoors, Dean is committed to environmental preservation and restoration and is active in both the Sierra Club and Surfrider Foundation. Through his running, he has raised thousands of dollars for charity and was recently featured on NBC Evening Magazine for his role in helping to save the life of a little girl in critical need of a liver transplant.

Dean lives and trains in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two "Team Riders" (a.k.a. kids). He holds dual graduate degrees in science and business, is actively involved in the development of The North Face running footwear and outdoor apparel, and frequently speaks and writes on the topic of health and outdoor sports.