For Immediate Release
March 30, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes stops in Kansas while running coast to coast

GODDARD, Kan. – Dean Karnazes, the ultraman famous for running 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states, is running from California to New York City. “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” has teamed up with Karnazes in support of Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit group that works to fight childhood obesity.

Karnazes’ run began at Disneyland on February 25 and will be crossing Kansas with a special event to be held at the Goddard Discovery Intermediate School on March 31. In addition to sending an important message about health and fitness, Karnazes will speak to students and then lead a “Run with Dean” 5k event.  The run will begin at 9:00 A.M. with up to 150 local runners joining the ultramarathoner to be a part of his extraordinary cross-country trek. All proceeds from the 5k events will benefit Action for Healthy Kids and their efforts.

"I'm running across America for one, because I wanted to see this great country of ours and two it’s a benefit for action for healthy kids, so I’m trying to inspire and motivate kids to get outside and become more active,” explained Karnazes.

The Goddard schools have been recognized for their commitment to improving the health of students and staff through participation in Kansas Coordinated School Health (KCSH), a program within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Health Promotion. KCSH’s goal is to promote school health programs that improve health behaviors, and emphasize the connection between recommended health practices, academic achievement and lifelong healthy behaviors.

Kansas Action for Healthy Kids is a state affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Action for Healthy Kids. Their mission is to engage diverse organizations, leaders, and volunteers in actions that foster sound nutrition and good physical activity in children, youth and schools.

For more information about AHK and the run, visit