Man tries to run 50 marathons in 50 days

Updated: October 25, 2006, 11:47 AM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Forty-three runners joined Dean Karnazes of San Francisco as he completed his 38th marathon in as many days as he seeks to do one in each state in 50 days.

Dean Karnazes
AP Photo/Mike WintroathKarnazes plans to complete his 50th run Nov. 5 at the New York City Marathon.

"Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is like playing pickup hoops with Michael Jordan," first-time marathoner Ben Dicke said after joining Karnazes for the 26.2-mile run Tuesday.

Also among those running was Pam Reed, two-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon who was in town to promote her autobiography, "The Extra Mile."

Also joining Karnazes along the course were his parents, his wife, Julie, and children Alexandria and Nicholas. It was a special day for Nicholas, a Green Bay Packers fan, who celebrated his 9th birthday by running the final nine miles, including a lap around Lambeau Field. The runners sang "Happy Birthday" to him as they entered the stadium.

Karnazes, 44, who completed his run Tuesday in a leisurely 4 hours, 7 minutes, plans to complete his 50th run Nov. 5 at the New York City Marathon.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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