Its founder is
just one more varietal in marathoning's can of mixed nuts. Ultramarathon legend
Dean Karnazes is one third of the way through his 50 runs of marathon distance
in 50 states over 50 consecutive days. Karnazes has been known, during
exceptionally long runs, to eat a pizza and even to fall asleep, a feat few
elite athletes have attained in competition, unless you count the Kansas City
Royals. Chuck Engle of Columbus, Ohio, plans to run 50 marathons in 2006, which
again raises the question: Why?
Some run to
escape the drudgery of the workaday world, others to replicate it. Mike
Wardian, who belongs to the same running club as Rauschenberg, holds the world
record for a treadmill marathon—2 hours, 23 minutes, 58 seconds of
What makes Dane
run? Read James Joyce, who once worked as a Berlitz instructor to fund his
passion—a body of literary genius that includes the short story After the Race,
in which he wrote, simply, "Rapid motion through space elates one."
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