Dean Karnazes- Ultra Marathoner


The prefix “ultra” can be placed before virtually any word describing Dean Karnazes, member of the Wiley X® “Xtreme” Team of sponsored high-performance athletes. Ultramarathon runner, ultra-businessman, ultra-motivational speaker and ultra-writer are just a few possible ways to describe the unbelievably accomplished runner known for amazing feats such as running 50 marathons in all 50 U.S. states in 50 consecutive days.

“The man is incredible, period,” said Myles Freeman, Jr., president of Wiley X. “It’s a true mark of distinction for us at Wiley X that Dean depends on our company’s technologically-advanced High Velocity Protection™ (HVP™) glasses when the elements – sun, wind, rain – are beating down on him on a 100 plus mile run.”

Karnazes who GQ stated “Makes the extraordinary look easy” has graced the cover of more than 20 magazines and been featured by a variety of media outlets from late night talk shows, 20/20 and The Today Show to Time, Wired and The New York Times. At 48, he averages upwards of three races a month. In September he has already completed the Kauai Marathon and the Audi Best Buddies Challenge in Central California. He also plans to compete in the NorthFace Endurance Challenge where competitors run a 50-mile mostly single-track course through forested areas in Wisconsin. Karnazes’ October schedule doesn’t look any lighter with the NorthFace Endurance Challenge in the Pacific Northwest, the Chicago Marathon and DK Silicon Valley Marathon on his to-do list.

Clocking anywhere between 50 to 200 miles a week making it easy to understand why Karnazes has earned the Competitor magazine Endurance Athlete of the Year title three times. In recent years he claimed the title of overall winner at the 4 Deserts Race Series as well as winner of the Vermont Trail 100 Mile Endurance Run.

Having pushed his body to human limits, Karnazes has run through extreme heat finishing a 135-mile ultramarathon through a boiling 120-degree Death Valley. He has also conquered the cold completing a marathon to the South Pole where temperatures reached 40 degrees below zero. While training – both physical and mental – along with sheer will play the largest role in his success, Karnazes does rely on some select equipment including his Wiley X glasses.

“Along with everything else your eyes get fatigued when you’re running long distances and experiencing everything from various light changes to harsh weather conditions,” said Dean Karnazes.

“Keeping glare, dust, debris and even rain out makes all the difference and that is why my Wiley X sunglasses do better than any other glasses I’ve worn. Simply put, I can’t worry about my eyes during a run and these glasses ensure that.”

Nearly indestructible, Wiley X glasses are designed to perform under extreme sporting conditions and are notably, the U.S. Military’s eyewear of choice. All Wiley X glasses feature durable frames and lenses made from some of the strongest materials on Earth. The company is the only premium sunglass manufacturer that meets official ANSI Z87.1-2003 high velocity and high mass impact standards certification. This means they are both laboratory and field-tested to be the toughest glasses around.

Karnazes was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in a Time Magazine poll and took home the EPSN ESPY Award for Best Outdoor Athlete in 2006.

He has authored two books, his most recent 50/50: Secrets I Learned Running 50 Marathons in 50 Days – and How You Too Can Achieve Super Endurance! details his impressive completion of marathons in all 50 states. In addition, he writes regularly for Men’s Health.

Always looking to do more, Karnazes also takes on the role of motivational speaker to both young and old in between races and book signing appearances. He has raised more than $1.2 million to help children’s causes including the fight against childhood obesity and has his own charity, Kamo Kids.

Karnazes is part of Wiley X’s ever-expanding “Xtreme” Team of sponsored high-performance athletes. He is joined on the team by perennial NASCAR front-runners Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion Skeet Reese and sport shooting legend Patrick Flanigan.

To learn more about Wiley X’s team of sponsored “Xtreme” athletes —or the company’s entire line up of high-performance protective eyewear for every outdoor activity contact Wiley X Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 • Telephone: (800) 776-7842 • Or visit online at For more updates on Wiley X pro athletes and events, find us on Facebook at