Florida saw the location for one of the most challenging of races when it hosted the Icarus Florida Ultrafest. The event offered six time-based challenges starting at a twelve hour event, while the longest was contested over six days.
Vegan runner Budjargal Byambaa made the trip to Florida to compete. Before it started, only two runners in the history of the event had exceeded 700 km completed.
Budjargal continued to eat a mainly raw vegan diet during the race.
“During my 6 day race, I was drinking fresh and pure coconut juice from coconut farm instead of water” he told Great Vegan Athletes. He also ate fruits: “Banana -20%, Avocado – 30%, Coconut meat, grapes, oranges, mandarin, apples, kiwi, berries, pears, mangos-40. And nuts-10%.”
Budjargal was the clear winner, completing an amazing 787 km. He finished 136 km ahead of second place, and broke the all-time course record. The total was equivalent to over 18.6 standard marathons, averaging more than three marathons per day.
Budgargal has been vegan since January 2019, a move he made to improve his running performance.