Dan Rauschenberg - Motivational Speaker

Dane Rauschenberg

Extreme Athlete and Author, Ignore the Impossible

  • Raced 52 certified marathons in 52 consecutive weekends
  • Ran 2 Boston Marathons on Same Day in Seven Hours
  • Author, Ignore the Impossible, and several other popular books.
  • Featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • World Record for Fastest Marathon on a Cruise Ship
  • World or National Championship Qualifier in Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathlon, and Snowshoe Racing

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Dane understands the passion and dedication it takes to achieve the big stuff. His presentations explore practical ways to achieve audacious goals, and how to become a better person in the process. He shares heart-felt, vibrant, and often funny stories that provide you with the inspiration and framework that you need.

Areas of Expertise

Peak Performance  |  Leadership  |  Execution  |  Strategy  |  Resiliency  |  Motivation  |  Competition  |  Agility  |  Talent  |  Inspiration  |  Achieving Goals


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Dane Rauschenberg

Extreme Athlete and Author, Ignore the Impossible

Have you ever taken on a goal that is so big, so audacious, so seemingly impossible that people called you crazy? Imagine how people treated to Dane Rauschenberg when he had set out to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks.

All too often, especially during times of disruption, leaders in organizations will set short term goals and “fix things” measures to keep afloat.  Yet it is in these times where reaching for something big, even impossible, is the best move, especially when everyone else is playing not-to-lose. Playing big raises performance, creates excitement and purpose, and opens up more opportunities for the future.

Dane understands the passion and dedication it takes to achieve the big stuff. His presentations explore practical ways to achieve audacious goals, and how to become a better person in the process. He shares heart-felt, vibrant, and often funny stories that provide you with the inspiration and framework that you need.

List of Dane's Remarkable accomplishments:

  • Solo Run of the 202-mile American Odyssey Relay.  In 2010, Rauschenberg ran the American Odyssey Relay, usually a 12 (or 6) person relay covering the 202 miles (325 km) from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, D.C., in the time of 50 hours and 16 minutes by himself.  A documentary entitled "No Handoffs" in 2014.
  • 350-mile run on the Oregon CoastIn 2012, Dane ran the length of the Oregon Coast, 350 miles, from the border of California to the border of Washington state in seven days, averaging about 50 miles a day. Stopping at four coastal high schools along the way, and returning to Portland to visit a fifth high school, Rauschenberg's mission was to send a healthy message to kids.
  • Fiddy2: 52 marathons in 52 weeks. In 2006, Dane ran marathons in Florida, Alabama, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, District of Columbia, Ohio, Indiana, Delaware, New York, California, West Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maine, Wisconsin, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Alaska, the Cayman Islands, and three in Canada.

More than anything else, the fact that Dane has been able to accomplish these amazing achievements while also suffering from Gilbert’s Syndrome, a liver disorder that precludes recovery from strenuous activity, shows he lives by his maxim to Ignore the Impossible. From playing collegiate rugby at Penn State to a Golden Gloves boxing record to stepping away from his law degree to pursue a life that inspired and motivated others, especially the youth and those with various disabilities, Dane shows that coming from a small town and besot with difficulties at every turn should stop none of us from striving to accomplish everything we possibly can.

Dane has written several books to share his experiences and inspire others to reach for their big goals, including See Dane Run, 138,336 Feet to Pure Bliss: What I Learned about Life, Women (and Running) in My 1st 100 Marathons, and his most recent, Ignore The Impossible.


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Embracing the Challenges

"The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them." - Woodrow Wilson

If the global pandemic has reminded us of anything, it is that life will never be an easy journey.  Knowing when to take a step back, when to side step, or when to push forward in the face of adversity is the key to success. Dane shows how you can learn to take the difficulties in life to strengthen your resolve, do what others won't, and accomplish something that really matters!

Ignore the Impossible

Are you or your team lacking the confidence to take on a task which seems impossible to accomplish? Are you struggling to accomplish a task that at times feels extremely hard? Do you push things aside that just feel too big to take on?

"It always seems impossible until it's done."  - Nelson Mandela.

You can only get to feel the tape of the finish line on your chest if you toe the starting line to begin with. Dane's life has been a series of accomplishments which seemingly never should have happened.  Let him share with you how he made fantasy become reality.

Fun Facts about Dane Rauschenberg

Dane is an extreme athlete who continues to push the boundaries of his sport and his body.  After successively running a certified marathon every weekend in 2006 (52 in total), Dane stepped it up a notch in 2010 by running all 202 miles of the American Odyssey Relay – solo- in just over 50 hours. To top that, in April 2012 he ran the entire coast of Oregon, all 350 miles of it, in 7 days! He also has:

  • Ran from Dane, WI to Davenport, IA (165 miles) then ran the Quad Cities Marathon the next day
  • Owns the record (84 miles) for the 12-Hour Presque Isle Personal Endurance Classic.
  • Ran the 100kSawtooth Relay as a solo athlete, beating ¼ of the 6-person relay teams.
  • Won thePT Cruiser Challenge - an event consisting of a 15k, 5k and marathon all in 24 hours.
  • Qualified for the 2009 World Aquathlon Championship in his first attempt.
  • Qualified for the 2011 National Olympic Distance Triathlon Championship in his first attempt.
  • Qualified for the 2013 World Duathlon Championship in his first attempt.
  • Qualified for the 2015 National Snowshoe Championship in his first attempt.
  • Has run 160 lifetime marathons (and counting) with a personal best of 2:49:36.

Awards & Recognition:

  • Guinness World Record Holder for Fastest Certified Marathon on a Cruiseship
  • Featured in 2007 edition of Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Remarkable Revealed
  • Named RunUltra UK's NorthAmerican Blogger Finalist for 2016
  • Named RunUltra UK's BestRunning Blogger for 2015
  • Selected as a member of Team Elite for Powerbar for 2010-2015
  • Selected as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2009Energizer Keep Going Award
  • Chosen as the 50 State and DC Marathon Club’s2009 Humanitarian of the Year.
  • Created the “Charity Chaser” event where Dane begins dead last and runs down other participants to raise money for local charities. In four marathons, Dane has raised over $65,000.
  • Invited as a solo runner to MBC Hangang Marathon in Seoul, Korea. Dane made this his 4th
    marathon in 13 days and posted a 2:56 time, placing in the top 5%.
  • Invited as a special guest to the Dalian Marathon in China by the running shoe company, Li Ning.
  • Chosen as the first person ever to be featured in a Road ID advertisement.
  • One of MarathonGuide.com’sOutstanding USA Marathoners of the Year – 2006.

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