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Sunday, November 05, 2006

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john paradise

Dean,
congrats on a great feat. I ran yesterday with you in NJ and the buzz and excitement you created was awesome...I talked to a lot of runners and you have touched many people with your attitude, drive and humility...
thanks for letting us share in your success.
best regards,
John

Andy Bither

Congratulations, Dean! I'm Andy Bither, friend of Andy Carson (FOX 12 in Oregon). It has been a thrill following you through this adventure, Thanks for posting your BLOG for all to see. You continue to be a great inspiration for me. Run, baby, run!!

Allen

What an amazing inspiration you are. Thanks for everything Dean, keep it up!!

-Allen

David Chippi

Great job, my email to the NYC Road runners:

After the winners and....maybe Lance Armstrong...you missed the biggest motivational story to happen in the last 10 years. Dean Karnezes, ran 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states and finished in 3 hrs.. No mention on NBC, no mention on the website and no mention post race. You may be the road runners of NY, but story breakers you are not.

Hirak

Great job! You are an inspiration for all-time.

Kevin Vallez

Dean,

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Way to go man. Never a doubt in my mind that you would not complete your goal. I have been following your 50/50/50 blog from day one, and will miss your daily postings and the many stories from people who have been inspired by you in some way. I don't have any incredible story, but you did help me to train harder the last few months and achieve a PR today in NY. I look forward to hearing what your next amazing undertaking will be.

THANK YOU!

Kevin V.
Ellington, CT

Mark Loeper

Dean,

Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. I had the pleasure of running in the rain and wind with you in Cleveland, what a blast. I've committed to expanding my running efforts and hope to be able to make my way to the finish line of an ultra in the next year.

Way to go and thanks for the excitement over the past 50 days!

Mark

Albert Martens

Dean

CONGRRATUALTIONS ON FINISHING THE 50 marathons. Great job.
Your photo on the web on day 50 in NY, are they your complete support team. Please introduce them to us.
Keep running
Albert Martens
AIA Manitoba
Canada

Pablo Viteri

Dean,

It was a pleasure meeting you in NY and seeing you run and set your best marathon time so far. It was an unreal experience meeting you in person and having a pic taken with a living legend. Although, I was disappointed to see so little press coverage of you along the way, but I guess we"ll just blame it on the fact that a lot of people were not aware of your mission. Anyways, just wanted to congratulate you on your supreme accomplishment and definitely hope to see more of you in your next adventure. You are truly an inspiration to everyone, (including myself and my wife) that has had the chance to meet you and the lives you've touched on your way to the 50th Marathon in NY. Following you for these past 50 days has given me ideas about running more marathons in coming years, not bad for someone who just ran his first marathon last year and didn't think will ever again be able to finish another one. I'm sure after this, the list of Ultramarathoners is gonna grow exponentially. All the best and may God be with you, your family and your team on all your future runs.

Pablo & Sandra Viteri
New York

Tyler Kerby

Congratulations! You are an inspiration. Hopefully I'll be able to run a race with you someday. I'm planning on my first marathon next summer!

John

I'm so upset you didn't get any coverage today, not even a mention on the nyc marathons' site.I'm sure the lance factor played a big part in that,don't get me wrong I like lance and cycling but he's no DEAN, your great man and so classy to stay just in back of him, however I was hoping,respectfully you'd get to rub 50 in his face just acroos the line. The hardest thing he's ever done he said. look where that leaves you.
Hope you do more of this thing,and make it back to Bellevue. Washington
Your fan.

Barbara Freedman

Hi Dean,

I ran with you in Stowe and after that marathon I understood completely how much capacity for running you had.

I knew you would run brilliantly in New York and that you would plan to run again tomorrow, and the day after and probably for as many days after that as you can until life gets in the way.

There is no end. Only endless beginnings. . . . Have fun.

Barbara Freedman
Montreal, Quebec

Renee

Hi Dean - I just had to say how utterly humbled I am by you - like most NYers I spent the day cheering on marathoners, swapping stories with former runners (I ran my first last year) and well, waiting for Lance. However, I was even more excited to see you run, having come upon your website and mission about 6 months ago. In fact, I spent the day sharing your mission and instructed everyone I came into contact with to look out for you - except that I told them you typically run about a 4 hour marathon! I saw everyone, Lance, Bobby Flay, my sister's fiance :) but walked away from both miles 17 and 25 terribly disappointed that I didn't see you. And then, I looked up your time on the ING site and saw that you decided to gun it! I realized that when I was sticking my neck out to catch a glimpse of Lance, you ran right by me, likely running side by side with Lance, considering your virtually exact finishing times. The difference was, I think, that you weren't surrounded by camera crews, a massive pacing team and probably didn't appear to be in nearly as much pain. I'm so sorry I missed the true hero of this marathon, really, your accomplishments, and your lack of glitz and glamour, reminded me of what running is really all about, heart.... not hollywood.

Wesley

CONGRATULATIONS KARNO!!!!

We're proud of you, back here in the Bay Area and although Lance got more coverage today, you're still the big star of today's marathon (and 49 others) in our eyes and hearts!

Think of all the people you've inspired along the way... Go Team Karno, NEVER STOP!!!!

All the best!
~w/w

Mike Zines

WOW!
What a great adventure!
Congratulations!
It was great running with you in Boston!
How wonderful for you and your family to have touched some many in such a positive way.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Your friend,
Mike Zines

Roy Young

WOW! You really did it. Congradulations!!! And what a great ending time! I have really enjoyed following you on your adventure by reading your daily blog. I can't wait for the movie ;~)

Congradulations again!!! and keep on enjoying your running.

May you continue to run long & strong…
Roy
Gresham, OR

runner

Dean,

I have been following your story for a while and also Lance Armstrong's story. To me these two stories were so compelling that I have been waiting for the NYC marathon for a long time now. I watched the NBC coverage and was disappointed that you were not featured today, though Lance was. Watching Lance run, I felt that he was just running too stiff and needed probably some technique lessons in running (can somebody point him to the Pose method). You finished very close to Lance. Just wish you were featured more. I think what you did is just amazing. I just bought your book and you truly inspire us all.

Lisa de Speville

Well done Dean and Team,

A fantastic achievement and a wonderful boost for marathon running.

kind regards,

Lisa
South Africa

Rob (coach) Woodliff

Hip Hip haray!!!!!
I would have never thought a 3hour run would have been possible. 7 min. a mile you animal. Not one word about you on TV. Wonder why we only allow the four sports to be a main stay. We now have soccer news.
OK look we will be ready for anythig you say.
Like lets do this or that. As a team we could help more. Like Lance we can do it.
Take a look at web site loose change.com and see what is really going on. Keep a open mind Whatever you do I am right there with you. Coach Rob

Kurt Herregodts

Congratulations for such an outstanding performance. In Europe the only thing the newspapers talked about was Armstrongs performance. You deserve such more attention because for me this is much more than winning the Tour de France 7 times.

Mark Seaburg

Dean,
Congratulations! You ran like you meant it. We all knew you could complete your 50/50/50 goal. But more important, you did it with grace, style, and humility. “You…are an inspiration,” I hope our paths cross again.
Mark Seaburg
Minneapolis

Chris Lauber, Race Director

Dean,
CONGRATS on completing your mission!

I echo everyone who has stated that you are truly an inspiration.

Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your expedition. It was an honor and a privilege to host your Florida run.

Chris Lauber, Race Director
Florida Gulf Beaches Road Races

Bryan Schlotterback

Dean,

AWESOME, WAY TO GO!! Keep this going Dean. Aim your sights towards the horizon of the setting sun. Put one foot in front of the other and start running home. Finish this off Trans American style! You have this in you, reach deep. Show everyone just how far the human spirit can go.

With great admiration,
Bryan Schlotterback, Des Moines, Iowa

Mike Frontz

Congratulations Dean
What an amazing feat coupled with a lifetime of memories and inspiration all rolled into 50 days! I look forward to the movie.

Come join us in San Antonio on Sunday if you want to keep on running.

Blake

Dean, way to go in NYC, though I can't say that I'm surprised at all since your heart rate at mile 20 in philly was 98, a mere 17 beat/min lower than mine when I was standing at the starting line! I guess I was a little nervous since it was my first marathon.

Thank you Dean, thank you to all the E50 crew who made the events happen, and most importantly thank you to all the E50 participants, while it would have been exciting and energizing to run with just Dean himself, all the runners who came out to participate compounded that energy exponentially. It was truly an unforgettable experience that joined communities of runners from all different runs of life. The running community is growing faster than it has ever before as Dean (and his amassed army of surrogates) spreads his inspiring message, I know I've been preaching his rhetoric and converting the unfit.

I am going to try and keep this brief (even though I know I won’t be able to). I started running, from a state of total "couch potato-dom" in order to win a friendly fitness competition b/w me and 3 of my friends. One of the events would be a 5k, and I decided that even though I dreaded running, that the 5k would be the best indicator of overall fitness. As I got a month or two into my training I started to look forward to going out running. Then I read the book...and realized that I not only was my training routine bush league, but that there was a lot more to running than "running". As I upped my training program I began postulating a lot more questions than I was able to answer. The answers would hopefully come as I attempted to run my first marathon with Dean, 10 months after taking up running.

As my training runs began to extend to 20+ miles, at 9 min/mile, I realized that a bigger undertaking would be necessary to work out all the thoughts that were jogging my brain, and in the spirit of the E50 I would need to tackle my first and second marathons in consecutive days.

After chasing Dean to the finish line in Philly, running our fastest 3 splits in the last 3 miles, my legs were left in much worse shape than expected, much worse than if we would have just kept our calm pace. But I knew I would have to wake up the next day and just put one foot in front of the other to see how strong my mind could be. I ran the first split in NJ with Dean (albeit 10 seconds or so behind him, which was precisely enough time for him to eat all the Greek food that I was expecting to get down on at the 13.1 mile mark, at least I got some cookies) and the cast of 100's of enthusiastic runner along the Jersey coast. At the next rest stop Dean must have been nearing a 10 on the potty scale, so I refueled and dialed my pace back a little to give Dean a chance to catch back up. When he did, he passed with his usual word of encouragement, and I attempted to keep pace with him, he could surely carry me through the rest of the way, as the other E50 runners had done on the first half of the run.

But after a brief exchange with Dean I quickly, and painfully, realized that my legs would have none of it, they would be no longer present for the rest of my journey, I would have to carry on the battle in my mind with my heart, which would be surely enough to get where I needed to go. As Dean ran off in front of me, I found the support of several runners, some of whom I exchanged spirited conversation with (thank you Kevin, who’s run 2 walk 1, walking pace kept in front of my staggering shuffle) and some which all I needed was to make eye contact to absorb their fearless determination (thank you to the Asian female with the camelback, who’s friend spotted all the turn for us up ahead from their car, I was in no shape to be looking for arrows on the road).

Once I spotted the 24 mile marker I no longer feared a complete meltdown, I knew I could crawl that distance if all else failed. I began a sprint, which required intermittent moans of exhaustion, carrying me all the way down the promenade, I felt none of the pain that was being suffocated by the numbness in my lower limbs, I crossed through the glorious E50 red arch with arms raised in triumph.

Subsequently, Dean was being dragged, literally, by his wife away from the E50 after party that he clearly did not want to leave. So I am thankful for the space here to share my story with Dean, and all of you. I have answered some of my questions, but generated some tangential ones as well, and I look forward to seeking out greater challenges in an effort to resolve the mysteries that surround us. Thank you from the bottom of my swollen, blister oozing, feet!

Running like an antelope out of control,

Blake

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