Vegan Ultramarathoner Sets Appalachian Trail Record
Breaking news: This past weekend, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek reached the peak of Maine’s Mount Katahdin after departing from Georgia on May 27th. Averaging 47.2 miles per day, Jurek set a new record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail: 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, beating the previous record by 3 hours and 13 minutes.
The best part? He did it all on a completely vegan diet.
Jurek, who authored the book Eat & Run about his experiences as a vegan ultramarathoner, has been living on a plant-based diet for 16 years and been competing in grueling “ultramarathons” since 1999. He holds the US record for 24-hour distance on all surfaces at 165.7 miles, or the equivalent of 6.5 marathons in one day. As a physical therapy graduate student, Jurek began to realize the negative impacts that low-quality, processed foods were having on his patients’ ability to recover. Because of this experience, he cut animal products out of his diet entirely by 1999, when he kicked off his ultramarathoning career. Jurek credits his plant-based diet with helping him achieve these amazing feats, proving that even the most extreme athletes can thrive as vegans.
Original articles: http://www.runnersworld.com/trail-racing/scott-jurek-breaks-appalachian-trail-thru-hike-record and http://scottjurek.com/
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