Dean Karnazes & Prof. Paul Cartledge: “The Road to Sparta” | Talks at Google

Ultramarathon runner Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in 50 US states on 50 consecutive days, 560 km in 81 hours without sleep, and a marathon to the South Pole without snowshoes. He is the author of “Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner” and now connects back to his Greek ancestry.

In this talk, he is joined by historian Prof. Paul Cartledge to discuss his incredible achievements and his new book The Road to Sparta, which honours Pheidippides’ 246 km run from Athens to Sparta in 490 BCE that inspired the marathon and saved democracy. He describes how he recreated this ancient journey in modern times, and even abstained from contemporary endurance nutrition like sports drinks and energy gels, only eating what was available in 490 BCE.

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