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  • Actors: Dean Karnazes
  • Directors: JB Benna
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Journeyfilm LLC
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LRTTCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Director JB Benna s inspirational film UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days, features renowned endurance athlete and best selling author Dean Karnazes, in his attempt to run 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days to raise awareness for youth obesity and to get America active. A beautiful and epic journey across the United States, during which Dean pushes the limits of human endurance, inspiring thousands across the country to join him along the path while uniting people of all ages and abilities to take the next step.

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A solid cinematic achievement. Astounding... Incredibly emotional --Boxoffice.com

TIME named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World --Time

Dean might just be the fittest man in the world --Mens Fitness

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I saw this movie before I ever heard anyone debate about Dean.
The Legend Of Megadon
The stories of other runners are unbelievable.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Legend Of Megadon on December 19, 2009
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If you know a runner ask them about Dean Karnazes. Everyone has their opinion about him some see him as a role model some do not. I saw this movie before I ever heard anyone debate about Dean. Even if you are not a fan of Dean this is truly an amazing film. This movie follows Dean as he travels around the country to run 50 marathons in 50 days. Some marathons are recreated on the course they take place on at a later date and some are live. Dean invites runners to come out an join him. Heavy rain, injury (Dean takes a pretty bad spill) and even running into a pole do not stop these determined runners. The first few marathons get more screen time and some marathons are recapped due to time constraints. The experience at each marathon is different and Dean meets some truly inspirational runners at these races. This film is not only inspirational but thought provoking. A must see for any runner epically someone cosidering entering a full marathon or an ultra running event. If you enjoy this move here are a few more you may enjoy Spirit of the Marathon,Running on the Sun,Running the Sahara [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Great Britain ], and The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Snappy on March 26, 2009
Format: DVD
I don't want this to come off as some kind of left handed compliment, but I have to mention that Dean takes a lot of criticism in the ultramarathon world basically because he is so popular but that there are other runners out there who do the same amount of running or even longer or faster. In other words, people say he has marketed himself as this hero of running that he is not. I hope this film puts that argument to rest. Dean is a truly genuine, kind man who loves running for the sake of running and wants to inspire others. He's not a show off, he's not a braggart. He's just truly amazing! So what if he puts himself in the limelight to get his message out? If he inspires people off the sofa he's done even more than the ultrarunner who peacefully breaks a course record and disappears into oblivion.

On to the film: Truly awesome. I had trouble sitting through the first 20 mins because I am a runner and wanted to get out and run but at the same time was glued to the screen. Dean goes through the first few races, spending 5-10 mins on each, then later shows highlights of some of the tougher days. Toward the end the trail races are shown in more detail and this really peaked my interest. The camerawork is great through the whole film but particularly good on the trail sections. I almost felt like I was right on the heals of the runners.

If I have to give one critism it would be over an injury scene where Dean falls down. I kmow it hurt and it was scary but this part is really dramaticized in the same way as if he had lost a family member along the way. Slow music, camera on the wound...Just a little much. I guess just another attmept to show Dean as a real person.

I'd recommend this to any runner, or anyone thinking about running. I rented it and will now buy it. I'm sure I'll watch before every big race, just like I used to do with Running on the Sun.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Col Mustafa "KUJO" Koprucu on January 12, 2010
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for this DVD to be as inspirational as "Spirit of the Marathon". In the end I was waiting for him to finally get done in New York. While challenging and difficult, I found this to be more of an homage to Dean than as a story of training hard and achieving a difficult challenge. He was pretty laid back, meeting people, and getting used to being a star as he ran marathons across the country. The challenge part of this feat did not come across.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 1, 2012
Format: DVD
Some people are just made different. Dean Karnazes makes that point in this video: it's all about choosing your parents well. Karnazes's ultrarunning feats astound anyone who's heard of him, and many have. He's been featured on countless news shows, talk shows, published a couple of books, and run in races all around the world. It's easy to look at him as a hero.

UltraMarathon Man chronicles one of his many bold feats: he ran, as the title suggests, a marathon in all 50 states over the course of 50 days, culminating in the New York Marathon. Some of the marathons were organized races. Most were put together by his crew, in which case they followed the course of the host city's established marathon. Through the grapevine and his blog, Karnazes gathered a group to run with him at each site, sometimes hundreds of people, in one case only one.

One thing that struck me while watching this was how much fun it must be to run with Karnazes. I have heard criticism of him as a self-centered self-promoter, but none of that came across in this video. He shows lots of interest in the people he runs with, and shows genuine humility when people express their admiration. He promotes not himself, but activity, exercise, getting people off the couch, fighting childhood obesity and general inactivity. Who can argue with that?

This feat, running 50 marathons in 50 days, has been replicated, probably by a number of people. Karnazes does it right, though, with great support and planning, getting to every state in 50 days. It's hard not be inspired by him. For someone who runs the occasional marathon, you have to ask, can I do more? For someone who's never run one, you have to ask, why not try it?
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