Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes speaks to
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Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes speaks to

«Navarino Challenge» one of the main sporting events in Greece last year, is set to return for a second run from 19th to 21st of September 2014. The Greek-American ultramarathon man Dean (Konstantinos) Karnazes will set the pace across the three day running event in the Messinian region, southwest Peloponnese, and through his participation, will contribute once again to raising awareness of the global issue of childhood obesity and the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Dean Karnazes speaks to Team for the upcoming event:

1. You are coming to Greece for the second year of Navarino Challenge. One year after the first event what’s your evaluation so far?

Our second year promises to be even grander and more spectacular than the first. We have some new routes and have added a kids run, which makes me very proud. The scenery is beautiful and runners of all ages and abilities are sure to have a fabulous time. Some great athletes will join me as well, such as the two times Olympic Bronze Medalist Alexandros Nikolaidis, the two times world champion Spyros Gianniotis, one of the top European Ultra runners Dimitris Theodorakakos, the one and only Pilates Instructor Mandy Persaki and many more.  As you can tell, I’m quite excited!

2. Tell us a few words about your effort this year.

I’ve worked very closely with the event organizers to take the lessons we learned the first year and make improvements. Everyone seems pleased with what we’ve done and the hotel operations have embraced the updates. So do not waste time and register now

3. What is the message you wish to pass as the ambassador of Navarino Challenge?

One of the primary messages are the numerous benefits of a traditional Mediterranean diet and the importance of physical exercise. A Mediterranean diet is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, beneficial fiber and high quality protein, and it can help you to lose weight, lower cholesterol and blood pressure can reduce heart disease. The benefits are innumerable, and I am living proof! Eat well, run well and live well!!

4. Are you particularly sensitive on issues of childhood obesity? What is your advice to children and parents?

One of the problems we face is that many parents don’t eat well or exercise themselves. To a child, parents are the most influential role models. I always tell parents that if they truly love their children they will eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. I know this isn’t easy to do, but the wellbeing of your children is worth it. We need to reverse this epidemic of obesity and inactivity afflicting the Greek people and take back our vigor and health.

5. Are you considering any additional activities or actions in our country?

I plan on attending several schools to talk with the children and teachers about the importance of a good diet and regular exercise. I also plan on doing some more sports and lots of swimming in the beautiful sea. Come join me!

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