Karnazes En Peru
Wherever Dean Karnazes goes, he shares how to live a healthy lifestyle, and includes all kinds of people in his mission.
As Sports Ambassador for the US Department of State Sports Envoy, Dean traveled to Peru from January 6–15 2018.
He met and ran with Peruvian communities, including some of the country’s top runners, senior sports and youth officials, blind athletes, and indigenous people.
In Lima, Dean shared his expertise with the Pan American Games committee as it was planning to host athletes and visitors from throughout the Americas in Lima in 2019. He also volunteered in the “I’m Your Eyes” program to empower blind athletes to promote inclusiveness, and support a sports program that uses athletics to help rehabilitate female prison inmates.
Karnazes then visited the cities of Huancayo and Cusco to share best practices with top Peruvian runners, many of whom are from indigenous communities and who train in high-altitude regions. In Cusco, he also joined runners of the Chaki Wayra program, which encourages underprivileged rural youth to pursue positive life goals through running.
Additionally, Dean spoke at the Binational Centers in Lima, Huancayo, and Cusco.
Sports diplomacy uses the universal passion for sports as a way to transcend linguistic and sociocultural differences and bring people together. Participation in sports teaches leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that help people and communities succeed in all areas.
In 2016 the ultra-marathon legend had also been active as sports diplomat. On behalf of the United States Dean ran 525 kilometer run along the ancient Silk Road, conducting running clinics, giving talks, and inviting people of all ages to join him in fun runs.
Dean became well known in 2006 when he ran 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days. 12 years later he’s still going strong.
Dean was living the “perfect life” until his thirties…..
“I thought if I went through University and I got a good job and I was making a good earning that I would be happy. And I did all things and I was miserable.”
One day he thought “either you’re gonna spend the rest of your life on wishing you were not doing what you’re doing now, or you’re gonna make a radical alteration.”
Dean wrote many blogs and books not only about his incredible achievements, but also about the importance living actively and of cleaning up our daily & travel routines and being outdoors.
In California, where Dean lives, the air quality is very good usually, when there are no bush fires. But for a lot of people the reality is that the air quality is not good at all. There are countries where many months during the summer it is not healthy to run outside. In his inspiring role as sports ambassador Dean experienced this himself while traveling.
“It was good for me to live and do that because it gave me a sense of the reality for a lot of people across the globe, and to me it’s really sad and it’s something I hope that we can reverse.”
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