“Ultramarathon Man” Dean Karnazes Launches His Latest Memoir on Tackling The Western States 100 In His Mid-50s
April 21, 2021
Dean Karnazes, the iconic superhuman endurance runner, shares the hard-won wisdom and lessons he’s learned from thirty years of competition in A Runner’s High: My Life in Motion, published by HarperOne on April 20th, as he embarks on his toughest challenge yet—running the Western States 100 in his mid-50s—offering insights into why running is so challenging and rewarding.
Dean’s 2006 bestselling memoir, Ultramarathon Man, inspired people globally to take up running, or take their hobby to the next, ultra-level. His latest memoir is both a gripping account of his twelfth attempt at the Western States 100, as well as a love letter to the sport from one of its most celebrated ambassadors.
Readers trek along with Dean physically and mentally through the 100-mile ultramarathon, ascending and descending tens of thousands of feet through California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, and traveling through his memories of past epic races while contending with the difficult path ahead in the race that has defeated him before.
Kara Goucher, a two-time Olympian and silver medalist at the 2007 World Championships, says of the book: “Those of us who devoured Ultramarathon Manare in for a treat. In A Runner’s High, Dean reveals his heart and bares his soul. Returning to the legendary Western States, he openly and candidly shares the highs and lows of his life and career choices as an ever-enduring long-distance runner. You will see Dean as never before, and you will be captivated and drawn into this adventure right alongside him.”
Dean Karnazes is a two-time NYTimes Bestselling author and an icon in the running world. Men’s Health called him one of the fittest people on the planet. TIMEmagazine named Dean as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” An internationally recognized endurance athlete, Dean has pushed his body and mind to incomprehensible limits.