Dean is running the 2012 Antarctica Marathon to promote fitness and raise money for penguin conservation!



Thirty Days and Counting…

In a mere thirty days, I depart for the frozen South.

I’ve got a lot to do, and precious little time left. I have to cram/train for the actual marathon, forge a plan for interacting with South American taxi drivers, acquire AT&T’s best Argentinian plan, and buy a specialized garment called (I hope I get this right) a “coat”.

To commemorate this phase of the adventure, I will write a post every day, right up until my departure for Antarctica via Buenos Aires and Tierra del Fuego. That’s thirty days of offbeat travel preparation, Ushuaian weather reports, and blistering insurance complexity. What fun we’ll have!

Mostly however, I want to encourage you to give.

Together, we’re funding real conservation science in Antarctica. And I think that’s just plain cool. My lofty goal, which once seemed unattainable is now wholly in view. We’re only three thousand dollars away from the magical twenty-five thousand mark. Amazing!

Every donation, no matter the size, is wonderfully helpful and deeply appreciated. Certainly, the Antarctic penguins will squawk your praises. As well they should.

Giving is easy!
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Now, if you’ll pardon me, it’s time to train in patently ironic, horrendously gorgeous seventy degree winter weather…

See you tomorrow,

– Dean


Maniacs for Penguins!

Fellow Maniacs,

Those outside our sub-culture don’t understand us. They hardly know what a marathon is. But the initiated are different. When you, determined maniac, announce you’re running a marathon in each of the fifty states, I don’t stand aghast. I admire your pluck. When you finally achieve Osmium Level with your sick and twisted, four marathon QUADZILLA, I don’t call a psychiatrist on your behalf, I celebrate with you. In short, we understand each other.

So, when I say I’m running the 2012 Antarctica Marathon, I don’t have to explain why I’m doing it, or assure you that, in fact, I’m not kidding. You get it, and I appreciate that.

But let’s go a bit beyond the mutual admiration of our respective ill-advised athletic feats. I’m calling on all Maniacs for help.

I’m running the Antarctica Marathon to call attention to the fragile Antarctic ecosystem and to raise money for penguin conservation and science. We share the same passion for running, and I know that many, many of you share my passion for the natural world.

The Challenge:
I challenge the Maniacs to raise a total of $3,000 for our friends the penguins by November 2011. There’s over 4000 Maniacs out there. This works out to about 75 cents per Maniac, give or take.

What You Get:
For your maniacal generosity, I will give you:

A Freakishly Cool Antarctic Conservation Poster
I’m commissioned three original works of jaw-dropping graphic design to commemorate this Antarctic quest. Each 18″ X 24″ poster is signed by the artist.

See them up close »

A Personal, Recorded Shout-Out Direct from Antarctica
You’ll receive a recorded thank-you direct from the frozen continent itself.

Hunks and Hunks of Digital Love
I’ll regale your generosity on this site, and trumpet your thoughtfulness across the the social media world.

Give over $100 and I’ll Write Your Next Race Report
I write about the running sub-culture at Give over $100 bucks, and I’ll interview you and author your next race report. Rampant exaggeration of your exploits and outright lies about your prowess are included in the deal, of course.

DONATE ONLINE » (It’s super-easy)
Just click the “Donate” link on the right column of this page. You’ll go right to my FirstGiving secure donation page.

– Dean
Maniac #540 (Iridium Level)

If cumulative Maniac donations exceed $3,000, I will swim naked in the ice-filed Southern Ocean (filmed of course). Not kidding.


Frigidus Obscurum

Antarcticaphiles like myself take note when interesting new books on the frozen continent appear. You really must pick up the THE BOOK OF ICE, a wildly imaginative, beautiful compendium of education, graphic design and commentary highlighting our impact on and relationship with Antarctica.

Check it out!

– Dean




So, um, explain again why Dean is running a marathon in Antarctica…

The most common question I receive, when people hear about my grand adventure to Antarctica, is also the simplest.


Like all of life’s deepest questions, this one has many answers.

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Mister Ten Below

Here in South Carolina, runners do all sorts of things to overcome the oppressive heat and thick humidity of summer. Some choose to run before dawn. They reckon that 75 degrees and high humidity is an improvement over 95 degrees and high humidity. They’re right, of course, but have you ever seen a South Carolinian after a five mile run? Think emaciated, drowned rat and you’ll be on target.

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(Deadline 03/2012)

Raised so far!

Please give to, a wonderful non-profit dedicated to Antarctic Conservation and of course, penguins.

Heck Yeah!
I want to donate!

Donate and GET STUFF!

All Donors receive:

A beautiful poster created for this occasion by award-winning graphic designers. Signed by the artist of course.

A video thank you from me, directly from Antarctica.

Satisfaction that you've done a good deed by supporting conservation!

(All donations are tax deductible as well!)