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Ultramarathon Man Stops at Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield

ST. LOUIS, MO., Dec. 13, 2006--On the heels of completing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days (starting at the Lewis & Clark Marathon in St. Charles, MO September 17, 2006 and ending at the New York Marathon on November 5, 2006) the Ultramarathon Man, also know as Dean Karnazes, is returning to the place where he started this most recent adventure. By the time Karnazes reaches St. Louis, he will have run over 1200 miles since his start in New York a little over 30 days ago.

No stranger to travel on foot, Karnazes has run 350 continuous miles, foregoing sleep for three nights. He has also run across Death Valley in 126-degree temperatures and has run a marathon to the South Pole in minus 40-degree temperatures. Karnazes, author of The New York Times best seller, The Ultramarathon Man, doesn't just run...he has swum across San Francisco Bay, scaled Half Dome in Yosemite, mountain-biked for 24 hours straight and surfed the gigantic waves off the coast of Hawaii.

Karnazes is not only running because that's what he loves, he is raising money and awareness for his charity Karno Kids. Karno Kids is a non-profit organization created by Karnazes to support, encourage and motivate youth to get outside and become physically active and also to restore and preserve the environment. The motto, "Get Up, Get Out" speaks volumes about getting active in life much like Karnazes did.

The Drury Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield is opening its doors to Karnazes and his team from December 14-15 as they make their way across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

"We have been traveling by RV, which has been terrific, though staying at the Drury Plaza Hotel will be a luxury. I'm looking forward to the great hospitality Drury is famous for," said Karnazes.

In addition to providing lodging to Dean and his support crew, Drury Hotels is also making a contribution to the Karno Kids charity.

"Dean's quest to explore the limits of human endurance provides inspiration for all of us to get up off the couch and get active. We are proud to support his efforts to introduce kids to the joys and benefits of an active lifestyle," said Eric Strand, V.P. Marketing/Sales of Drury Hotels, who ran marathons with Karnazes in St. Charles and Chicago during Dean's 50/50/50 effort.

Karnazes goal is to raise $50,000 for Karno Kids. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.KarnoKids.org. For more information on Dean Karnazes, visit www.ultramarathonman.com.

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