Scott Jurek has excelled in the demanding world of extreme distance running, winning numerous races, setting course records proving the value of a purely vegan diet. He won the Hardrock 100 mile race 7 consecutive times, set numerous course records and has the American 24 hour distance record. He has broken the course record for the 2189 mile Appalachian Trail, and is described as the greatest ultramarathoner of modern times.
Ariel Rosenfeld has been recognised for several years as a leading ultramarathon runner in Israel, winning the premier national ultramarathon four times and being named national athlete of the year three times. He has also gained respect internationally and taken on extremely tough events outside his home country including Spartathlon and Berlin Wall 100 mile race.
Fiona Oakes is a passionate vegan (since teenage) who runs an animal sanctuary almost singlehandedly. She is also an elite marathon runner with top level finishes at prestigious marathons. She holds three marathon world records and is the fastest female to complete a marathon on each Continent. She holds the course record at the North Pole as well as the Antarctic Ice Marathon and has a personal best of 2hrs 38mins.She has completed the Marathon des Sables, a 154 mile event across the sand dunes of the Sahara in extreme heat - twice.
Ben has represented the USA and is listed as one of the top Ironman competitors in the World. He has competed at the Ironman World Championships and has the all time #2 time for the Lake Bakal marathon in Siberia. He's also taken on extreme events covering vast desert areas over several days in the 4Deserts challenges.
Canadian athlete Brendan Brazier turned vegan and was told that this would restrict his athletic performance. He has since researched food and enabled himself to win national titles as well as produce several acclaimed books on nutrition. He has competed in triathlon and ultramarathon and has set course records.
Vlad Ixel started running in 2012 and has made a massive impact very quickly on the sport of ultramarathon. This includes wins at major international ultra events and competing against the sport's best. He's competed at the World Ultra Trail Championships and has wins at some of the high profile 50k and 100k events, many of which have been course records. Despite inexperiencein cycling he's transitioned successfully to traithlon.
Catra Corbett is a prolific ultramarathon competitor who regularly tackles cross country courses of 100 miles or more. She is known as one of the most colourful characters in ultramarathon running, and has adopted veganism and a positive outlook following earlier years of alcohol abuse. She has the record for the 424 John Muir Trail out-and-back and has completed over a hundred races at 100 miles.
Voted World Athlete of the decade (1980s) and Olympic Athlete of the Century (1900s), and winner of nine Olympic gold medals. He was the leading sprinter of the time and the anchor of the successful US 4 x 100 m relay team. Carl also excelled in long jump and acheived one of athletics' longest unbeaten runs with this as well as one of the most enduring world records.
Race victories and course records have come to vegan Damian Stoy who is recognised as one the most accomplised mountain runners in the USA. He's won races at 50 miles and 100k, setting course records on at least three occasions. He's competed at the US National Trail Mountain Championships and has 23 podium finishes.
Morgan is a 400 metre sprinter with two Australian National titles and appearances worldwide, including one competing in the 2016 Olympics. She's also a integral part of the Australian 4x400 relay team where she typically runs the anchor leg. She has been the fastest Australian woman over the distance for 13 years.
Laura has represented her country and acheived world titles at tough endurance events. Three years after turning vegan her debut in duathlon qualified her for the World Championships. Since then she's competed nationally and internationally. Her placings include an age group win at at the Short Course Duathlon World Championships and in the USAT Mid Atlantic Triathlon Series and she was the 2012 short course Triathlon world champion.
Rich is an elite-level amateur ultra-distance endurance athlete who has competed in the toughest events in the world. He adopted a vegan diet when, at age 40, he realised his health and fitness were at very poor levels. He is also an advocate for a plant based diet, which he believes played a large part in his transition from an unhealthy middle-aged man to the top-level athlete he is today. He is a regular ultraman competitior which involves a 10km swim, cycling over 200 miles and running a double marathon.
Lisa is a duathlon competitor who has placings at European and World level. She has also enjoyed running at events around the world and is proud to work for a company that makes vegan confectionary. She has placed 16th at the European Championship and 10th at the World Championships. She has also written a book about training for fitness.
Ellen is a senior athlete who has excelled at State level and has qualified for National competition. She has placed nationally and at State level in distances from 100m to 1500m and in 2014 took six individual Golds in th Florida games. She has also competed successfully in 5 km and 10 km events, taking top three placings in her age group on dozens of occasions. She is also an author, coach, columnist and radio presenter covering fitness and veganism.
Helen has represented her country as a fell runner. She's twice finished second in the British Fell Running Championships, and has won international Gold with the English team in the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships - where she won individual bronze. She's been picked for the Great Britain Mountain Relay team three times. She has been vegan since 2009 following her experiences working with animals as a vet.
Madi has made an impression on the demanding sport of triathlon and has represented her country. The Canadian vegan has evolved from a runner to a complete athlete and is now working on establishing herself in international competition. She's finished 15th at the International Edmonton World Cup, and taken Bronze at the X-Terra World off-road triathlon.
Established as a leading Professional triathlete in Canada, Antoine competes in long distance and half-ironman triathlons, and has already broken the four-hour barrier several times. He has qualified for competition at world championship level and taken podium finishes at Pro level. He has studied Food and Nutrition Science at University level.
2012 saw Alister make an impact on the international trail running world with a course record and some impressive placings at tough events. The Canadian represents his country at mountain running and is also taking on marathons. He has placings at international 100 km.races and helped Canada to second in the 2013 Mountain Running Championships. His run at the 2017 Mont Bremont Ultra trail gave him a convincing win in the extreme course.
Dr Ruth Heidrich is an accomplished distance runner known for notable masters' acheivements. She undertakes triathlons and has won her age group in national races. Studies on her by the Cooper Sports Clinic have given her age records for her ability in different categories, and she re-broke one despite being at the older end of the age category.
She turned vegan aged 47 in response to an aggressive breast cancer and has competed at a range of distances from track athletics to Ironman triathlons. She is recognised nationally and has written extensively on fitness for older people.
Veganism is not common in Slovenia, although Sebastjan has excelled as a leading triathlete in the country. He has competed at European level and qualified for the world Ironman Championships. His Ironman PB is just over nne hours, and he is a member of the Slovenian amateur triathlon team. He also races mountainbikes and has completed a three hour marathon.
Weia is a Dutch veteran athlete who has set multiple world records. She has excelled in the high jump and has competed in other sports. In 2016 she counted 23 world record breaking performances in different disciplines including heptathlon, triple jump and javelin. This came despite not competing at all until she was aged 45. Weia turned vegan in 1982 when veganism had a very low profile. Read more here.
Since turning vegan in 2007, Swedish triathlete Stefhan Andersen has been national champion in the gruelling sport of triathlon. His preferred Half Ironman distance includes a 1900 m swim, 90 km on the bike then a 21 km run. Stefhan turned vegan to try to improve his resistance to illness, which seems to have worked.
Performing at elite level in two different sports, sprinter and bodybuilder Julia Hubbard has recovered from a broken back to take nationally and internationally titles in both sports. As a vegan she has taken national Gold in British level sprinting three times, has won seven Pro cards in bodybuilding and taken dozens of category wins. Read more here
Alberto is a versatile endurance athlete who has excelled at ultramarathon and marathon races as well as taking on demanding cycling challenges. He has won the Ultramarathon of Lanzarote three times and completed a 1067 km North-South crossing of Spain in one 42-hour stage.
Without a background in competition, Denis rapidly became a successful ultradistance runner, which culminated in taking a recognised Guinness world record in treadmill running over twelve hours. He's also set course records over 54 miles and 50k and has placed and won numerous ultra and trail races. Click to find out more.