Few athletes have made an impression on their sport like Colorado-based Scott Jurek has made on the demanding sport of ultra marathon running.
Scott has led the sport with some amazing performances including multiple wins and course records. Ultramarathon running starts at the distances beyond the standard marathon of 26.2 miles (42km), while Scott has excelled up to 246k.
Career highlights include
Scott was described in Chris McDougall's book 'Born to Run' as "the top ultrarunner in the country, maybe in the world, arguably of all time." The Washington Times names Scott as one of the top runners of the decade 2000-2009, and Ultrarunning Magazine names him Ultra-Runner of the Year three times.
Among his achievements lies a two week period in 2005. After winning his 7th consecutive Western States 100 mile event, Scott entered Badwater Ultramarathon just two weeks later. Badwater is known as 'the world's toughest footrace'. It is a 135 mile event starting below sea level, ending on a mountain and crossing Death Valley, the world's hottest region. This amazing double challenge ended with Scott winning Badwater and setting a course record.
Scott has been vegan since 1997 and practices and advocates a 100% vegan diet and claims this is crucial in supporting endurance, recovery and health.
In 2013 he featured in a Runner's World article about the greatest runners of all time. He was named as one of the top eight (read more here).
Scott wins Badwater 2006:
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CNN News interview:
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