Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek

Ultramarathon runner, writer
Date of Birth: 26.10.1973
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Scott Jurek
  2. Early Life
  3. Ultramarathon Career
  4. Veganism and Writing

Biography of Scott Jurek

Scott Gordon Jurek is an American ultramarathon runner, writer, and speaker. He is considered one of the greatest runners in the world, conquering distances that would terrify the average person. Jurek attributes his success to his diet, as he has been a vegetarian for nearly 20 years.

Scott Jurek

Early Life

Jurek grew up in Proctor, Minnesota, with a Polish heritage. He spent much of his childhood hunting, fishing, and going on outdoor adventures, which played a significant role in shaping his connection with nature. While he developed a love for running in his youth, it wasn't until high school that he began running long distances.

Scott Jurek

Ultramarathon Career

In 1994, Jurek competed in the "Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile" race and placed second, despite not having run a marathon distance before. He was inspired to start ultramarathons by his training partner, Dusty Olson, who also became his racing partner. Jurek went on to win numerous prestigious races and set records throughout his career.

After completing college in Duluth, Minnesota, Jurek moved to Seattle and started competing in national-level races. In 1998, he won the "Zane Grey Highline Trail 50 Mile Run" and the "McKenzie River Trail Run 50K" and placed second in his first 100-mile race, the "Angeles Crest." In 1999, Jurek won his debut at the renowned 100-mile race, the "Western States Endurance Run," defeating the five-time champion Tim Twietmeyer. He also broke the course record in 2004, finishing in 15 hours and 36 minutes.

Over the next five years, Jurek continued to accumulate victories in various races, including the "McDonald Forest 50K," "Bull Run Run 50 Mile," "Leona Divide 50 Mile," "Diez Vista 50K," "Silvertip 50K," and "Miwok 100K." In 2004, Jurek completed the "Ultrarunning Grand Slam," competing in four major races: "Western States," "Leadville 100," "Vermont 100," and "Wasatch Front 100."

Jurek also participated in international races, such as the "Oxfam Trailwalker 100K" in Hong Kong. In 2005, he set a new record in the grueling "Badwater" ultramarathon, which is considered one of the toughest races in the world, taking place in scorching temperatures. He repeated his victory in "Badwater" in 2006 and also won the "Spartathlon," a 153-mile race from Athens to Sparta, for three consecutive years. Jurek became the first North American to win the "Spartathlon."

In 2015, Jurek attempted to break the speed record on the Appalachian Trail, a 2,168-mile journey. He completed the trail in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by 3 hours. However, his celebration at the finish line led to some controversy with local authorities, resulting in a fine for alcohol consumption.

Veganism and Writing

Jurek is known for his advocacy of a plant-based diet, which he believes has contributed to his success as an athlete. He became vegetarian in 1997 and transitioned to a vegan diet in 1999. Jurek's belief that family health issues stemmed from improper nutrition inspired his dietary choices. In 2012, he co-authored the memoir "Eat & Run" with Steve Friedman, which became a bestseller and was translated into 20 languages. The book explores Jurek's running career and his approach to nutrition.

Scott Jurek's achievements as an ultramarathon runner and his commitment to a plant-based lifestyle have made him an inspiration to many. He continues to share his experiences and promote the benefits of a healthy and compassionate lifestyle.