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Ultra-marathon runner Dean Karnazes is on a 3,000-mile journey to bring awareness to childhood obesity. Courtesy Photo (Disney-ABC Domestic Television).
One man's cross country run across America to bring awareness to childhood obesity will bring him through Brazil.

Ultra-marathon runner, author and motivator Dean Karnazes is on a 3,000-mile journey to inspire Americans to get up, get active, and get healthy during the "Run Across America with Dean Karnazes."

The event is being sponsored and televised by "LIVE! With Regis & Kelly."

Getting the word out about being active and healthy, especially for children, is important to Karnazes.

"I have two young kids, and I know first hand the struggles parents make with children and inactivity and all the diversions they have," Karnazes recently told The Brazil Times in a cell phone interview while running. "So, with that personal experience and my love of outdoor activity, I took a passion to that cause."

The passionate journey began at the Disneyland Resort, California, Feb. 25. Karnazes has been running 40-50 miles each day since.

After leaving California, passing through Arizona and new Mexico on his way to America's Heartland, Karnazes has made his way through Kansas, Missouri and now he's heading into Indiana.

When The Times caught up with Karnazes, he explained how he felt emotionally and physically at the midway point of his journey.

"Some days are better than others. Some days, I feel like I can run to New York non-stop. Other days, I feel like I can barely get out of bed," Karnazes said while running. But it's my passion. It's not hard to get up everyday to do something you love."

The beauty along the way has made the journey enjoyable, and a few places have caught Karnazes' attention enough he might return for a visit after the event.

"There are so many interesting places I've been in and run through and experienced first hand on this trip so far," he said. "Especially the mountains of New Mexico and the deserts of Arizona."

Arriving in the Wabash Valley area Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Karnazes will participate in a 5K Run at Terre Haute North High School at 9 a.m., Friday.

Those individuals interested in running with Karnazes can register early for the event online at www.dadt.com/live/special/runacrossameri..., or the day of the event at the school.

All proceeds will go to benefit Action For Healthy Kids, a volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment in schools across the nation.

There is no time like the present to get active, but Karnazes urges people to not make getting healthy a chore.

"Make it a lifestyle decision. Don't compartmentalize fitness as something you go to the gym for 45 minutes, four days a week to do. Make it a total lifestyle overhaul," he said. "Commit yourself to healthy active living to make yourself a healthier, happier person overall.

Good Teammates

Ultra-marathon runner, author and motivator Dean Karnazes, has teamed up with "LIVE! With Regis & Kelly" to inspire Americans to get up, get active and get healthy during the "Run Across America with Dean Karnazes."

The approximately 3,000-mile journey will bring Karnazes through the Wabash Valley area Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After stopping at Terre Haute North High School, 3434 Maple Ave., Terre Haute, for a 5K run at 9 a.m., Friday morning, Karnazes will continue on his journey along United States 40, to State Road 340, until he arrives in the Brazil area sometime in the afternoon.

Karnazes will also participate in another event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.

Registration for the events is available online at www.dadt.com/live/special/runacrossameri..., and will be available on site the day of both events.

Participants receive a goodie bag and T-shirt, with all proceeds and registration fees benefiting Action For Healthy Kids. The group is the nation's leading nonprofit and largest volunteer network fighting childhood obesity and undernourishment. Funds will go directly to creating healthier schools and combating childhood obesity nationwide. To learn more, log onto www.ActionforHealthyKids.org.



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