Dean Karnazes is famous in the running community. If you aren’t yet familiar with the ultramarathonman, brace yourself. Among his many accomplishments, Dean has run 50 marathons, in all 50 states, in 50 consecutive days. He’s run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures. He’s run 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. TIME Magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” and Men’s Fitness hailed Dean as one of the fittest men on the planet. He’s even a New York Times bestselling author.

So, yeah, he’s an experienced runner and outdoor athlete. Here are a few of his go-to running essentials that all make perfectly thoughtful gifts for the runners in your life.


  1. SOLE Performance Footbeds
    Don’t let ankle and foot pain or injury keep you from running in the new year. Dean uses Sole orthotic insoles to improve alignment and prevent injury when racking up the mileage. Check out his custom models priced at $50.

2. Health Warrior Chia Bars
Dean admits that he once had a devil-may-care attitude to his nutrition, but when he started to feel low energy he got serious about eating healthy. He eats Chia Bars on long runs because the chia is packed with healthy fats, filling him up without weighing him down. Grab a sampler pack of all flavors on
16 bars for $17.99 for a limited time (+50% off promo code for next order). 3. Fitbit Ionic
With multi-day battery life, built-in GPS, optical heart rate sensor, music storage, and real-time workout coaching, the Fitbit Ionic is the smart watch that can keep up with an ultramarathoner. Starting at $269.

4. The North Face Better Than Naked Running Jacket
To take the sting out of winter running Dean grabs his Better Than Naked running jacket by The North Face. It’s lightweight, breathable, and oh so comfortable. $120.

5. ElliptiGO
If you’re looking for the ultimate outside running experience with zero impact, you’ve got to check out ElliptiGO, a long-stride elliptical bike. Dean uses one for training and exercise, so does legendary marathoner Meb Keflezighi. Prices starting at $999.