‘Ultramarathon Man’ Author Karnazes Comes to Henderson Oct. 17 for One Book Henderson

September 30, 2009 by  

As part of Henderson Libraries’ 3rd annual One Book Henderson program, author Dean Karnazes, whose book “Ultramarathon Man” is being featured as this year’s book to read and discuss throughout September and into October, will visit Henderson for a speaking engagement and book signing Saturday, Oct. 17.

Karnazes will be at at the Henderson Pavilion – located at 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, near Paseo Verde Parkway – at 6:30 p.m. He will sign books afterward.

During the month prior to Karnazes’ speaking engagement, One Book Henderson participants are invited to read “Ultramarathon Man,” attend a One Book program or read another health-related book, and register at any Henderson Libraries location that they’ve completed these tasks. They can then qualify for tickets to a VIP meet-and-greet reception with Karnazes, which will take place directly prior to his speaking engagement. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing to 15 respondents. These 15 people will be able to bring one guest each.

To encourage local youth to get involved as well, Henderson Libraries is reserving tickets for five Foothill High School students and their guests, and another five for students and their guests from Green Valley High School. Foothill High School and Green Valley High School have agreed to include “Ultramarathon Man” in their fall curriculum, and, according to the English Department at Green Valley High School, the book has been a huge hit with students. The reserved tickets will be awarded to students at the teachers’ discretion.

Along with the kick-off event, the community-wide One Book Henderson program will include a variety of events hosted by the Henderson Libraries and inspired by the book.

An athlete and bestselling author, Karnazes is a passionate advocate for healthy, active living. He began running during his childhood and in high school, but his desire for running waned as he got older. However, on his 30th birthday, after a night of celebrating, Karnazes was struck with an “aha!” moment, and he decided he needed to run. Karnazes ran 30 miles that night. By morning he couldn’t even walk, as he hadn’t regularly run in years, and he called his wife to pick him up from a neighboring town. From that point on, after the weeks of recovery his birthday run required, running became a mission for Karnazes.

In his memoir, “Ultramarathon Man,” Karnazes explores what it takes both physically and mentally to run distances both extreme in length and in conditions. He relives his journey from running the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run to running an ultramarathon in 120-degree heat in Death Valley and later, the first-ever marathon at the South Pole.

Karnazes’ message has been so well-received not because he runs hundreds of miles, but because he inspires others to be the best they can be. Karnazes values the importance of overall strength and fitness.

This year’s One Book Henderson program is made possible by a grant from Nevada Humanities and support from the Friends of Henderson Libraries, The City of Henderson, Henderson Pavilion, Galleria at Sunset, Wheeler Family Foundation, REI, Whole Foods Market and Alpine Water Systems, Greenspun Media Group and Bodies: The Exhibition.

The One Book movement was established in 1998 by Seattle librarian, book reviewer and best-selling author Nancy Pearl in an effort to bring the community together. What began as “If All Seattle Read the Same Book” has since grown to more than 350 programs that have taken place throughout the country.

Last year’s One Book Henderson featured John Grogan’s bestselling book, “Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog.”

Established in 1943 as a single library in Downtown Henderson, Henderson Libraries operates five locations throughout Henderson and plans to open one more within the Heritage Park Senior Center, slated to open this summer. Henderson Libraries cooperates with other public libraries in Southern Nevada, the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Clark County School District and all other libraries around the state to provide quality service for Nevada’s residents.

To learn more about One Book Henderson, visit For more information about Henderson Libraries or its many services or to find locations, visit or call 702-492-7252.

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