Vision protection innovator Wiley X Eyewear is proud to announce a new sponsorship agreement with world famous ultra marathon runner, motivation speaker and best-selling author Dean Karnazes. The latest addition to Wiley X's expanding "Xtreme" Team of sponsored high-performance athletes, Karnazes joins the likes of perennial NASCAR front-runners Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion Skeet Reese and sport shooting legend Patrick Flanigan.
"The individual high-performance athletes with whom we work are a diverse group. They succeed because they demand the most from themselves and their equipment," said Wiley X President Myles Freeman, Jr. "Each man and woman on our team is different, but they have two things in common: winning and Wiley X. We're proud to be associated with Dean and honored that he depends on our technology to protect his vision under some of the most extreme conditions on Earth," Freeman added.
To call Karnazes simply a runner is like calling Wiley X Eyewear just another pair of sunglasses. Many of Karnazes' running accomplishments defy logic, as well as our normal understanding of human endurance. He recently ran an astonishing 50 marathons (26.2 miles) on 50 consecutive days in all 50 states, ending with the famous New York City Marathon (which he completed in a very competitive three hours and 30 seconds). Then - as if that wasn't impressive enough - Karnazes ran from New York back to St. Louis (the site of the first marathon in the series), a 1300-mile jaunt. Karnazes thrives on pushing his body, his mind and his gear to the limits, from running a 135-mile ultramarathon across Death Valley, California in 120-degree heat to finishing a marathon race to the South Pole in 40-below-zero temperatures.
When he's battling the elements "on the run," Karnazes relies on Wiley X's High Velocity Protection (HVP) technology, trusted by US Armed Forces and law enforcement around the world. "I'm confident that my Wiley X sunglasses will protect my eyes through whatever Mother Nature throws at me - blowing dust, flying debris, driving rain and harsh glare. The superior quality of these frames and lenses help keep my eyes comfortable and provide the sharp vision I need to handle challenging terrain and constantly changing light conditions," Karnazes said.
Karnazes was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in a Time Magazine poll and was recognized with an ESPN ESPY Award as Best Outdoor Athlete for 2006. His book, Ultramarathon Man:Confessions of an All Night Runner, was a national bestseller. He recently authored another popular book, 50/50: How to Achieve Super Endurance.
When he's not running or writing, Karnazes stays busy speaking at schools, youth groups and Fortune 500 corporate events, relaying the importance of health, exercise and proper diet while encouraging people of all ages to strive for their goals.