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



Top Ten Reasons to Donate to Penguin Conservation

T-minus 29 days and counting.
For everyone on the fence vis-á-vis donating, all me to persuade you:

No portion of your donation will go to protecting penguin-eating polar bears (if for no other reason than that polar bears are separated from penguins by an equator, several oceans and most of humanity).

Because someone must be on the front lines to assure that THIS never happens again.

I am shameless. I will do pretty much anything while in Antarctica for a large enough donation. (See reason number 4.)

Earth has only two poles. Pick a side. (South)

Impress all of your black-clad, hipster, graphic design friends with your original penguin conservation poster signed by the artist.

Penguins are undeniably the cutest birds on the planet. If they were common in temperate zones, they would thoroughly dominate We wouldn’t even know kittens existed.

If I achieve my fundraising goal, I promise to swim nekkid amongst the icebergs of the Southern Ocean (for better or worse in full view of several cell-phone cameras).

If you’re just not that into penguins, your donation supporting research at the bottom of the globe will finally prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the world is not flat. This has to count for something.

Shaw, gregarious and talented rockhopper penguin from the Riverbanks Zoo, personally approves of this cause. He told me this one day while trying to eat my shoelaces.

Don’t be beaten in a road race by a six-foot tall penguin ever again.

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– Dean



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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

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Because You’re Fancy

Tired of that boring iPhone 4/4S case? Yearn for something more interesting; something unique? Want to proclaim your love for penguins to all who see you chatting or texting?

Problem solved.

I am giving Waddler Cases to donors.
The wonderful people at Case-Mate have seen fit to give me a bunch of their iPhone 4/4S Waddler cases. I am giving them away (while supplies last) to folks who donate $100 or more to penguin conservation.

From his raised flipper to the attached webbed feet charm, the penguin-inspired design takes shape with colors and geometrical lines. Combining a textured silicone with modular sections of smooth, plastic colors, the playful case covers and protects your iPhone. The captivating charm of this flightless bird, including the innovative lay flat design, truly elevates him to womanizer status.

Waddle on over to my FirstGiving site to make your donation to this fine cause. Then drop me a line about which color Waddler you’d like!

– Dean

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Fifty Miles with Penguins: My Uplifting Day at the Zoo…

Running 50 miles is a chore, yes, but it is a task made much easier when surrounded by friends, well-wishers, the incredible Zoo staff and of course, the wonderful penguins! A sense of community and purpose resounded from the birdhouse Saturday. I feel privileged to have been a part of it.

I began the day at 9:20 AM and finished up at 8:30pm. Through 5pm, I was inside the birdhouse right near the irresistibly cute penguins. I narrated the penguin feedings, joked with visitors, talked to the media and thoroughly enjoyed all the fantastic, inspiring artwork done by children. Later, I moved out to the main courtyard and finished up the run along with the jolly crowds enjoying Lights at the Zoo. I finished in just over eleven hours and honestly enjoyed every single minute.

I can’t say enough about our amazing Zoo. What a treasure, full of dedicated and passionate people. Special appreciation goes to Lexington Medical Center for the faithful support and huge banners. Thanks also to the Northwest YMCA for loaning the treadmill (they’ll have to forgive me if I avoid indoor cardio for a while).

Most excellent and humble thanks go to everyone who donated for the penguins on Saturday! You have done a great service to the cause of conservation. Now I hope you’ll go a bit further… encourage all your friends and colleagues to donate as well. Together we’ll reach this goal!

Donate to penguin conservation!

Thankful (and a bit tired),

– Dean

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See me run with the penguins at Riverbanks Zoo on Saturday, December 10th!

On Saturday, December 10th, I will literally run with the penguins at the most excellent Riverbanks Zoo. You should come on out, have a great time, and say hello.

What time of day is best? Well, most anytime during normal operational hours (9am – 5pm) will be fine since I’ll be running at the penguin Exhibit ALL DAY LONG.


I’ll be on a treadmill at the epicenter of penguinmania 2011. I’ll start running in the morning and won’t stop until I clock something on the order of 50 miles.


Because I want you to be inspired by my outlandish audacity and donate to the fine cause of penguin conservation. Just because those little critters rate an 11 on the 1-10 cuteness scale doesn’t mean they don’t need our help.

We’ll have a grand time at the culmination of the Zoo’s penguin conservation week. There’ll be demonstrations, learning, fun for kids, and I’ll personally emcee the penguin feedings, without breaking stride.

So come watch me slog through countless revolutions of the dreaded treadmill. Come for the sheer spectacle of the thing. Donate because conservation is our collective responsibility.

Mostly, come visit the penguins. They love you. Seriously.

– Dean

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Sponsor an Hour of Penguin Running!

Businesses can get into the act as well. Sponsor an hour of running as I run with the penguins on Saturday, December 10th. You choose the hour. I’ll wear your T-shirt and extoll your virtues right from my Garth Brooks head set as I pound the treadmill into submission. By all means, bring a nice poster with your logo. We’ll proudly display it.

$300 nets you this fine opportunity to proclaim your support of conservation to thousands of Zoo visitors!

Drop me a line and we’ll set it up.

Or, heck, you can just donate online right now.

– Dean

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Donate based on how many miles I complete on Saturday the 10th!

I expect to run 50 miles with the penguins of Riverbanks Zoo. Will I reach this goal? Your donation based on how many miles I run will propel me through the rigors of the day.

If my math can be trusted, a donation one dollar for every mile I run would net $50 dollars toward the fine cause of penguin conservation.

You kind donation will be greatly appreciated!

– Dean

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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.

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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!)