The road to the US National games is not an easy one for a veteran runner - although vegan writer Ellen Jaffe Jones had high hopes. Terrible weather didn't help in the Florida meet that had become much more competitive over recent years, and some suspected her decision to contest six events was unwise. The concerns were met with a medal haul few would have predicted.
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Niki is a snowboarding professional living among the mountains of Canada. She's taken wins at high profile events including the 2018 North American Championships and has qualified for the Elite Freeride World Tour. She has been vegan since 2015 and has a strong appreciation of environment and concerns about the cruelty of animal agriculture.
Earlier this year Lisa competed in the World Championships; she's just returned from the European Championships where she ran in her vegan themed vest against the best in the continent. The course was one of the most challenging she had taken on, although she maintained a good position as she represented the British team.
Alister Gardner has competed internationally in mountain running and has astounding results in some gruelling ultradistance trail races. At the last minute, his plans changed for the multi-distance event where last year he won the longest version. The plant fuelled Canadian faced tough opposition as he aimed for his last-minute objective - nothing less than a course record.
Not only was this one of the toughest races on the planet - believes tougher than Marathon des Sables - and the downhill element made it even more difficult for a runner with a missing kneecap. Vegan 'queen of the Extreme' still managed to complete this terrible event - dressed as a cow - and win one of the stages as she proved again what she can do running on plants.