From June 29 to July 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of State will sponsor ultra-marathon legend Dean Karnazes as he follows the ancient Silk Road through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to mark the 25th anniversary of these countries’ independence from the Soviet Union.
Dean Karnazes will run for 525 kilometers over 11 days from Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Almaty, Kazakhstan as part of the Sports Envoy program. Running an average of 50 miles per day, Dean will be connecting with people along the way on behalf of the United States, conducting running clinics, giving talks, and inviting people of all ages to join him in fun runs.
Connecting with the people, culture, and history, Dean’s journey through Central Asia will provides a unique opportunity to show the power of sports diplomacy in bringing people from different cultures and nationalities together.
Dean completes the final leg of his Ultramarathon across Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.
Dean leaves the Kyrgyz Republic for the last leg of the Ultramarathon run in Kazakhstan.
On July 8th, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan welcomed Dean in grand style. The day started with Dean appearing on Zamana, a Good Morning America style show and ended with an outdoor concert.
Dean arrived in Bishkek on July 7 where he started the day by visiting the Shopokov English Access program. The students were happy to practice their English with him, and even happier to run with him for a few hundred yards.
On July 6th, Dean bid the Kyrgyz mountains farewell, but not before having one final adventure. Waking with the rising sun, Dean began his route into the Too Ashuu valley.
July 5th saw Dean running through the mountainous heart of Kyrgyzstan. Running through the cloudy mist, Dean was able to see first-hand the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic lifestyle.