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Thursday, October 05, 2006




You are brilliant the way you say things! What is it about the finish line that helps us dig down and find that last reserve of energy? I have felt it and so has every runner but I've never heard it described so well: "the gravitational pull of the finish line started reeling us in." Brilliant.

Keep up the great work. On my run this morning I was thinking, Dean hasn't said one thing in his blog recently about hurting or pain or anything! Is this guy human or what? So it's great to read that hot tar and a needle prick in the arm take their toll on you like they do on the rest of us. It makes me able to relate and that just makes you more of an inspiration. (BTW - I did 6 this morning - pain free :-)


Lisa Holt


I was planning on doing the SF marathon with you but when I went to register, it was sold out. However, I still went and picked up your book because I am so inspired by what you are doing. I started reading your book and am having a hard time puting it down. I have so many other things that I should be doing, but I am so mesmerized! I finally found someone that has put my own craziness into words and WAY surpassed it. I am over halfway through with your book (reading about your South Pole stint)and have decided to run an ultra within the next year. There is so much power in your words that I feel like I'm running each step with you. Continue on! I still think I might endup showing to one of these runs in another state--gosh, I guess I got the bug.

cheryl palen

Congrats on a tough race...flying to Hawaii and jumping over to Maui an endurance event in itself!
Great that you got to chat with Chris!
I have mentioned you on my blog site and linked it to yours for others to tune in!
Best of luck- I will be checking back periodically!

Nicole Jolie


I read your blog every day; it's my inspiration to get out and complete my insignificant little runs. I'm training for my 27th marathon on December 10th - The LVMarathon.

Knowing you are running to bring awareness to children is tantamount. I was a 'child' runner in the late 70's early 80's and was always told it was 'bad' for me, that I should find a girl sport, or that I'd look like a guy if I kept running.

The principal at the junior high school told me I'd never amount to much in life because I was quitting school in order to find full-time work and the coach of the track team agreed; they also said I was too slow. Later in life, I ended up finishing 27 marathons (some as a rogue runner when I couldn't afford it, shhhh....), Ironman Canada, and 17 other half ironman races as well as working as 'crew' at Western States for Lisa Henson and a few other runners.

I wish I had you as a mentor you when I was running as a little girl! Athletics have always been a priority in my life and I am grateful to be able to run every day. Sometimes women tell me, "you're an inspiration." I can't believe they'd think that of me.

Thank you for giving your life to achieve the best for all; thank you for being so supportive and pure in your love of athletics; thank you for loving all of those you come across and finding that one beautiful thing about a person; and, thank you for coming to this planet to help the rest of us realize what we have and how to appreciate it! You are a beautiful, wonderful and incredible being.
Nicole L Jolie

Kazuhiko Sakashita, Nagano, Japan

Dear Dean
I left Hawaii this morning and am writing this on the plane back home, my wife sleeping happily with her head resting on my shoulder and my legs still hurting proudly. It was a great honor to run with you and other magnificent runners. I will forever cherish the memory of my dream-running with you and the hand-in-hand goal with kids, along with the pain of ruptured blisters. Like many of those who shared the "moment of misery" with you, I am always with you whereever you are running!

Kazuhiko Sakashita

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