About Scott Jurek: Throughout Jurek’s career he has been one of the most dominant ultramarathon runners in the world, winning many of the sport’s most prestigious races multiple times, including the Hardrock Hundred (2007), the Badwater Ultramarathon (2005, 2006), the Spartathlon (2006, 2007, 2008), and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run (1999-2005). In 2010, at the 24-Hour World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Jurek won a silver medal and set a new US record for distance run in 24 hours with 165.7 miles.
Jurek is an advocate of plant-based eating for health and ethical/environmental reasons, and he cites his diet as the key to his superior athletic performance and recovery. He gave up meat in 1997 and became vegan in 1999, motivated by the belief that poor nutrition was responsible for the chronic illnesses he saw in his family and in his physical therapy patients.
When Jurek was very young, his mother was diagnosed with Muscular Sclerosis. Her struggles taught him to persevere in difficult circumstances and he credits her memory as his major source of strength in the 24-hour race.
He is also known, however, for keeping a lighthearted attitude towards racing. He often screams loudly at the beginning of each race, rolls over finish lines, and sometimes launches into kung fu leaps into aid stations mid-race. After finishing races, he frequently remains at the finish line for hours to cheer for later finishers.
Jurek has said that, “though I want to win, the running is a vehicle for self-discovery.”He believes that ultrarunning is more difficult mentally than physically. His memoir, Eat and Run, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June 2012.
Scott has a lot going on personally and professionally, check out his blog!