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Karnazes Relies on Shaklee Nutrition Products to Fuel Race-Winning Performance

 Pleasanton, Calif.  June 2, 2008 – Today, Shaklee Corporation announced its partnership with the “Ultramarathon Man,” Dean Karnazes. Karnazes is an endurance runner extraordinaire and has been saluted by Outside magazine as “America’s Greatest Runner”. He has also been hailed as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine and Men’s Fitness says Karnazes may be the “fittest man on the planet”. Karnazes is also author of the best-selling autobiography Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner.


Karnazes’ recent accomplishments evidence his need for high-quality efficacious nutrition. Just a couple of weeks ago he was busy carrying the Olympic torch through San Francisco and just a few months ago he completed 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, one in each of the 50 states. Karnazes has also won the Atacama Crossing, a brutal 7-day race across the Chilean desert; the Badwater Ultramarathon, 135 miles through the bowels of Death Valley; and a race in minus-40-degree weather through the South Pole – in running shoes!


“My philosophies are aligned with Shaklee philosophies. Not only do I believe in quality, but in authenticity of products. I think Shaklee, more than any other company I have worked with, thoroughly researches their products,” said ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes, “I believe in them. That’s why it’s a great honor for me to be affiliated now with Shaklee, and I look forward to years of development and growth ahead.”

“For more than 50 years, backed by the best that science and nature have to offer, Shaklee has set the standard for natural nutrition, powering today’s elite athletes,” said Roger Barnett, CEO and Chairman, Shaklee Corporation, “We are so proud that an accomplished top athlete like Dean is using clinically-proven Shaklee products as part of his regimen.”


Karnazes shares his tips for optimizing workouts:

  • Stay Hydrated: According to a study published in 2006 in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 46% of exercisers are likely to go to the gym dehydrated.  Dehydration reduces aerobic endurance and can result in increased body temperature, increased heart rate, disorientation, and even physical collapse!  Karnazes stays healthy and hydrated by drinking Shaklee Performance®. Shaklee’s exclusive OptiCarb® formula contains carbohydrates for endurance and electrolytes for quick hydration. 
  • Eat a Light Meal Before Your Workout: Eating a large meal prior to a workout may leave you feeling sluggish or with cramps because your muscles and digestive system are competing for energy sources.   To the contrary, not eating can result in hunger or low blood sugar levels leaving you feeling weak or faint. For optimal performance, Karnazes eats a Cinch Snack Bar or Meal-in-a-Bar one to two hours prior to his workouts – both are Powered by Leucine® to help preserve muscle.
  • Replace Protein After a Workout: To stick to your training regimen, help enhance recovery from exercise by drinking Shaklee Physique® immediately after your workout.  Physique contains Bio-Build® to give you the nutrients you need to rapidly recover and repair muscle tissue after exercise. Shaklee’s Cinch Whey Shakes are also a perfect post-workout option. Whey protein is one of the richest known sources of naturally occurring branched-chain amino acids, including leucine which plays a critical role in muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth.
  • Keep your Joints Healthy: Getting that last mile in, struggling for that last weight-lifting rep, or playing that extra game of tennis can all be tough on joints.  Joint health can be affected by many factors, including exercise and simple day-to-day activities. Shaklee Joint Health Complex contains glucosamine, a key building block for larger molecules such as proteoglycans, which give cartilage elasticity, strength and resiliency. 
  •  Daily Nutrition is Key: Athletes need to make sure that their bodies are in top form and that means getting important vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients every single day. Karnazes is always traveling, so Shaklee Vitalizer™ plays a vital role in ensuring that he gets the nutrients he needs because when he’s on the road, it’s hard to eat as well as he’d like to. Not only does Vitalizer contain more than 20 antioxidant compounds in its formulation and pure, powerful omega-3 fatty acids, but it also offers a comprehensive approach to nutrition and health that can translate into better nutrition and improved vitality.


“There isn’t a better endorsement of a dietary supplement’s performance than being chosen by elite competitors like Dean,” says Angie Silberberger, Independent Shaklee Distributor, “If those in optimal physical condition see the benefits, that’s a powerful statement for what it can do for athletes in Minneapolis and St. Paul.”


For more information on Shaklee natural nutrition products, visit www.shaklee.com. For more about Dean Karnazes, visit www.ultramarathonman.com.




About Shaklee Corporation

For 50 years, Shaklee has been a leading provider of premium quality, natural nutrition, and personal care products, environmentally-friendly household products, and state-of-the-art air and water treatment systems.  In 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to be Climate Neutral™ certified to totally offset its CO2 emissions, resulting in a net zero impact on the environment. With a robust product portfolio, including more than 50 patents and patents pending worldwide, Shaklee has more than 750,000 Members and Distributors worldwide and operates in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, and soon, in China.  For more information about Shaklee, visit Shaklee.com.



Some of Dean’s Achievements:

           Winner, Atacama Crossing, 2008

           Winner, Dead President’s Ultra, 2007

           Completed 50 marathons, 50 states, 50 days, then ran 1,300 miles from     New York City to St. Louis as a cool down, 2006

           Winner, Vermont Trail 100, 2006

           Winner, Badwater Ultramarathon: The World’s Toughest Footrace, 2004

           Winner, Arabian Stallion Award, Angel’s Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run,             2003

           Winner, Outdoor World Championships, 2000

           Eleven-time Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run Silver Buckle holder

           Ran 350 continuous miles

           Six-time finisher of the Saturn Relay ultradivision (199 miles nonstop solo)

           First and only person to run a marathon to the South Pole in running         shoes

           Competed in over 100 extreme endurance events around the globe

           Member of the American Ultrarunning Team representing the USA at the 2005 World Championships





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Saving our environment is a primodial responsibilty of evrybody who cares about nature.

Comment by Richmond

I run ultramarathons and also use and sell Shaklee. This is a great discovery as I am a big fan of Dean’s as is most everyone in the running “world”.

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