by Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man

I saw a statistic the other day that shocked me. It said that only about five percent of the runners in the US run on trails. When I think about my life as a runner, that ratio is about the exact opposite. Once you discover the magic of running on a trail it’s hard to go back to running on pavement.

Of course, I’ve been running on trails for many years. Here in California—where I’m from—trail running is becoming increasingly popular. Every year I see more and more people moving off-road. And I foresee this “road-to-trail conversion,” as I call it, accelerating into the future. This is a positive trend. The more people get outdoors and into nature the greater their appreciation for restoring and preserving the environment. Everybody wins.

The Wildflower Experience Trail Run in Bradley, CA this May 4th is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some of the finest trails the Golden State has to offer in a fun and festive setting. Share some footsteps with a group of like-minded individuals and push your limits while embracing all the grandeur and beauty the trails of the Central Coast have to offer. For more information on the races offered, visit

It’ll be good for your body, and it’ll good for your soul.


TIME magazine named Dean Karnazes as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.” Men’s Fitness hailed him as one of the fittest men on the planet. An internationally recognized endurance athlete and NY Times bestselling author, Dean has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. Among his many accomplishments, he has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He’s run across Death Valley in 120-degree temperatures, and he’s run a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. On ten different occasions, he’s run a 200-mile relay race solo, racing alongside teams of twelve. His most recent endeavor was running 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days, finishing with the NYC Marathon, which he ran in three hours flat.

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