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Manasquan, NJ (Vocus) September 11, 2009
Catching up to Dean Karnazes is no easy feat. Recently, in a brief interval between the six-day Gore-Tex TransRockies Run and the Kauai Marathon in Hawaii, the world-famous athlete and best-selling author known as the “Ultra Marathon Man” took some time out to discuss his new nutritional weapon of choice, Raptor Energy Bar.
“I’m very, very particular about what I eat, especially in the crucial period just before and during an endurance event,” Karnazes says. “When you’re one hundred and seventy miles into a two-hundred-mile non-stop road race, you have very little margin for error with regard to nutrition. You need every nutritional edge possible. After extensively researching the major endurance bars and gels, it was in fact a newcomer to the category, Raptor, that impressed me the most.”
“In endurance sports and training, you’re always looking to attain a very high level of sustained energy without peaks and crashes, and that’s where Raptor really excels. Where other bars are just glorified high-glycemic carbs, Raptor’s gel center provides a complex matrix of quick-acting and extended-interval carbohydrates, plus high-grade whey protein and critical branched-chain amino acids. An innovative and highly specialized carbohydrate blend along with the latest ergogenic advancements including beta-alanine put Raptor into a category of its own in the competitive sports world. It powers a terrific upsurge in muscle energetics that I can feel within minutes and for hours afterwards. The Raptor energy bar was engineered in collaboration with researchers from one of the nation’s top university performance labs, and the scientific innovation they’ve achieved really shows. It works. After having extensively tested and used almost every major product in the category, I was able to quickly conclude that Raptor is markedly better than anything else out there. I’ve noticed that I can run even longer and even faster when fueled with this combination of super-carbs.”
That’s rare praise from a man who knows a fair share about what it takes to fuel extreme performance. Indeed, some of Karnazes’s achievements are difficult to even comprehend. In addition to running 50 marathons in 50 consecutive days, Dean has also won the world’s toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon 135-mile race across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures, run a marathon to the south Pole in negative 40 degree temperatures, run a 200-mile relay solo alongside competing teams of twelve runners, mountain-biked for 24 hours straight, swam across San Francisco Bay, and holds eleven Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run silver buckles for sub 24-hour finishes. Men’s Fitness [Men’s Fitness magazine] has said that “Karnazes might just be the fittest man in the world,” and Time Magazine recently ranked the inspiring athlete and author one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Dean Karnazes is in fact so impressed with this nutritional breakthrough that he has recently agreed to serve as a spokesperson for the product. “Raptor is a product that I can recommend and promote with the highest level of enthusiasm because I use it passionately and I can attest first hand to its superior performance-enhancing power. It is truly that good!,” says Karnazes.