The NHS invites you and your guest to join us for an evening with the man TIME magazine named as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World." Dean Karnazes joins us before heading to Greece to launch the Greek translation of his latest book, The Road to Sparta, as well as celebrate the fifth anniversary of the award-winning Navarino Challenge (Official Host/Ambassador), run the fabled Spartathlon, and cool down in the Santorini Experience.
Men's Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He's run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, and run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he's run a 200- mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve.
In 2006, he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat.
The Road to Sparta
chronicles three different stories interwoven into one seamless narrative. Dean explores his own Greek ancestry while consulting with the foremost scholars on Ancient Greece to tell the story of the world's first marathon, all while recreating the historic 153-mile run from Athens to Sparta in one of the most difficult ultraraces in the world - the Spartathlon.
In 490 BCE
Pheidippides ran for 36 hours nonstop from Athens to Sparta to seek help in defending Athens from a Persian invasion in the Battle of Marathon. Pheidippides was hailed a hero for saving the development of Western civilization, and his run stands enduringly as one of the greatest physical accomplishments in history.
Dean personally honors both Pheidippides and his own Greek heritage by completing the treacherous course and describing it in gripping detail. He reenacts the ancient run by abstaining from contemporary endurance nutrition and eating and drinking only what was available in 490 BCE such as figs, olives, sesame paste, cured meats, and plain water.
You and your guest are invited to join us for this very special event as Dean shares his Road to Sparta captivating experience, his most difficult personal challenge to date. Learn the latest news about the exciting programs and activities of the National Hellenic Society.
The evening marks the second in a series of upcoming Sacramento events with outstanding speakers
representing the best of our heritage, inspiring and edifying us all.