In 2006, Dean Karnazes, 48, ran 50 marathons in 50 states . . . IN 50 days.
His goal is to get people moving, says running “makes us all human–brings people together.” I love his Karno Kids Foundation motto: No Child Left Inside. Because of fear in middle and upper class secure neighborhoods to apartment complexes, people keep their kids inside and relegate them to video games and obesity. He says, “Obesity sucks” and the fight against childhood obesity starts with none other than the parents, habits of exercise and diet.
This year he’s running 3,100 miles from Disneyland to Manhattan, 40-50 miles a day. Inspiring, almost superhuman, but shows us the upper “limits” of human endurance and strength and perhaps how often we sell ourselves and our abilities too short.
“When I was converted, after realizing that my sins were forgiven and the implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I was overwhelmed by a sense of joy and peace. I suddenly found myself climbing a tree to tell those in the school compound to repent and turn to Jesus Christ. From time to time I spoke in tongues. I stayed up that tree for a long time. Later on I discovered that some boys were converted due to a sermon I preached up that tree. The reality of Jesus overwhelmed me–and it still does. But I would be wrong to demand that those who are converted should climb a tree and speak in tongues.”
–Archbishop Janani Luwum, martyr in Uganda who was murdered by Idi Amin’s regime in 1977, some say Amin himself killed Archbishop Luwum