Dean Karnazes

The Road to Sparta

Dean Karnazes

Talk: The Road to Sparta

Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 US states on 50 consecutive days, 560 km in 81 hours without sleep, and a marathon to the South Pole without snowshoes. He is the author of "Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner" and now connects back to his Greek ancestry. In this talk, he is joined by historian Prof. Paul Cartledge to discuss his achievements and his new book The Road to Sparta, which honours Pheidippides’ 246 km run from Athens to Sparta in 490 BCE that inspired the marathon and saved democracy. He describes how he recreated this ancient journey in modern times, and even abstained from contemporary endurance nutrition like sports drinks and energy gels, only eating what was available in 490 BCE.

Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes, is an American ultramarathon runner, and author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All Night Runner, which details ultra endurance running for the general public.

The Road to Sparta: Running in the Footsteps of the Original Ultramarathon Man

In 490 BCE Pheidippides ran for 36 hours straight from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion. Dean Karnazes honours this achievement and his own Greek heritage by attempting this ancient journey in modern times.

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