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Team Dean (Karnazes) of San Francisco, 415.517.2846, dkarnazes@yahoo.com
Topher Gaylord of Montebelluna, Italy, 39.335.777.2960, topher_gaylord@vfc.com
Trista Stockwell of Eagle River, AK, Shawn's mom, 907.317.6150, tristastockwell@hotmail.com
Mary Thang of San Jose, Katalina's mom, 408.396.5741, marythang@yahoo.com
Jeff Shapiro MD, The Relay/Organs 'R' Us ("ORU"), 650.508.9700, run@TheRelay.com

"TEAM DEAN" KARNAZES AND FRIENDS RUN FOR ORGANS 'R' US
For 200 miles, "Team Dean, Jim, & Topher " (Jim Vernon & Topher Gaylord), representing The North Face, will run The Relay as a 3-person Ultra Team while raising money to promote the critical need for organ donors. Fresh from completing The North Face Endurance 50 - 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days, and then running 1,300 miles from New York, NY, to St. Louis, Mo., Dean Karnazes welcomes running 199-miles with two of his closest friends while supporting 95,000 Americans waiting for organs.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 23, 2007 - During The EAS Relay on May 5-6, 2007, up to 3,000 runners will start from the Calistoga Mineral Water Company in scenic Napa Valley and travel 199 miles on teams of 12 to the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz promoting the need for donated organs through Organs 'R' Us. The transfer of the baton from runner to runner symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.

In the long run, three men can make a difference. For most, the 199-mile Relay is a shared experience with 12-member teams running 36 legs through 36 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight. For Team Dean, Jim, & Topher, "California's Longest Party" is no party. With little sleep while alternating between driving, crewing and running for over 24 hours, each will run more than 66 miles.

Team Dean, Jim, & Topher have logged 2,800 miles for organ donation during The Relay, the largest event in the world promoting the need for donors. Team Dean has run The Relay nine times solo, dedicated to Elizabeth Wood (2001 liver recipient), David Mehran (2002 liver recipient), Valeria Sanchez (2003 heart recipient) and Katalina Thang (2006 heart/lung recipient). In 2007, Team Dean's 199-mile run is dedicated to eight-year-old Shawn Stockwell who waits for a new heart.

Captain Dean stacks his team by recruiting ultrarunner Topher Gaylord from Montebelluna, Italy. Topher will run for Andrea Mongiardo who lives in Rome and received a new heart from Nicholas Green, the seven-year-old Sonoma County boy who donated organs to seven Italians. In 2004, Dean ran 262 miles (10 marathons!) solo in memory of Nicholas. Reg Green, Nicholas' father, will walk 128 miles during The Relay Walk. Topher, President of The North Face Europe, has won the Ultra Division of The Relay in 1998 and 2001 on a two-man team (with Dean).

Dean appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman (March 16, 2005) and 60 Minutes with Leslie Stahl (March 28, 2005) following his 262-mile run in 2004. Featuring Dean and Maria Pia Pedala from Italy, The Relay 2004 was covered by four television stations, including RAI from Italy, and 18 publications including USA Today, People Magazine and Readers Digest. Dean has also completed a marathon to the South Pole in 2001 and won the 135-mile race across Death Valley in July 2004. Dean is a member of The North Face Athlete Team and a motivational speaker. His book, "Ultramarathon Man" hit the best seller list in June 2005.

Organs 'R' Us was founded in San Francisco in 1996 and supports 95,000 Americans waiting for organs by generating $25 million in publicity promoting the need for donors through athletics. Through running and walking, ORU members showcase their fitness proving that transplantation restores health. "In the long run, organ donation saves lives," says ORU coach Jeff Shapiro.

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