Monday, August 14, 2006

Vegan Ultramarathoner



Vegan runner Scott Jurek won the July 2006 Badwater Ultra, 135 miles. Finish time 25:41:18. That's 25 HOURS, people! It takes most runners three days to complete the Badwater.

Scott competes in 10-12 ultramarathons per year (an ultra is any distance beyond the 26.2 mile marathon), and has bagged seven consecutive wins at the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. Kinda puts to rest the myth that vegans can't be strong and healthy, eh?

Scott also practices yoga.

Badwater course description from their site:

A true "challenge of the champions," this legendary foot race pits approximately up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes – runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers – against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55C), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.

The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at the Mt. Whitney Portals at 8360' (2533m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent. The Portals are the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

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