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World-class runner visits Grass Valley this month

Fresh from “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “60 Minutes,” ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes will make a stop by Grass Valley’s The Book Seller at 6 p.m., April 21 to celebrate the release of his new book, “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.”

Karnazes’ memoir paints the picture of an insanely dedicated – perhaps just plain insane – athlete. A runner in high school, Karnazes quit the sport when his favorite coach retired. Fifteen years later, on the brink of his 30th birthday and an early midlife crisis, he put on his running shoes one night and ran 30 miles on a whim.

A turning point for him, Karnazes threw himself into training and pursuing the world of ultramarathons. Keep in mind that Karnazes doesn’t run standard, every-day-style marathons. To point, he ran the first marathon held at the South Pole. He has also completed the 100-mile Western States Competition Ð from Tahoe to Auburn Ð more than once, and the Badwater 135-mile marathon through Death Valley.



“Never,” Karnazes writes, “are my senses more engaged than when the pain sets in.”

Books will be available for signing and refreshments will be served.




For those interested in joining him on the run, bring your running shoes as Karnazes will take any interested parties out for a short run after the signing. In addition, the North Face has donated (2) $100 gift certificates and a North Face Hydration Unit, all of which will be raffled off at the event.

For more information, please contact: Lucy Becker at 272-2131.


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