The Outside Blog is reporting that Ultramarathon Man Dean Karnazes has won the ESPY Award for “Best Outdoor Athlete”. The awards were handed out on Wednesday, but the show isn’t televised until Sunday on ESPN.
Karnazes was recognized for his 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states campaign that he did with The North Face last Fall. He also attempted, and failed, to set a new record for most miles on a treadmill in 24 hours, while in Time Square. He managed to run 127 miles falling short of the record of 153. Still pretty impressive though.
Dean beat out Mike Iaconelli, a fisherman (I’m sorry, I enjoy fishing too, but anglers are not athletes), Samantha Larson, the 18 year old mountaineer who became the youngest to complete the Seven Summits, Ian McKeever, another mountaineer who recently set the new speed record for climbing the Seven Summits, and Lance Mackey, the musher who won the 2007 Iditarod.
Of the names on that list, Karnazes is clearly the most well known and marketable guy, and considering this is a fan vote, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise he won.
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