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Vegan Ultra-marathoner Goes 2,189 Miles in Record Time

Appalachian Trail thru-hike record broken by vegan endurance athlete Scott Jurek.

The Appalachian trail is a National Scenic Trail that runs from Georgia to Maine for 2,189 miles.  It typically takes most through-hike backpackers 5 – 7 months to finish.  It is estimated that only about a 20% of permit applicants who start the trail actually complete it.

This trek is not to be taken lightly!  Next time someone mentions that vegans can’t be fit and strong because they don’t consume animal products you might wish to share this inspiring story and ask if a 41 year old running about 50 miles a day for 46 days is weak.

Read through this and tell us what you think.

At 2:03 p.m. ET on Sunday, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek crested the summit of Mount Katahdin in Maine, becoming the fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. He completed the 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by just more than three hours.

Jurek started the attempt at the trail’s southern terminus, Springer Mountain in Georgia, on May 27 at 5:56 a.m. He averaged nearly 50 miles a day, crossing 14 states, and traversing 515,000 feet of elevation change. ….


The Appalachian Trail record caps one of the most decorated ultramarathoning careers in history. Jurek’s resume includes wins in nearly every prestigious ultra race in the country. Among them: seven consecutive Western States Endurance Runs, two Badwater Ultramarathons, the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance run, and a runner-up finish in the Leadville Trail 100.

Jurek also played a main role in Christopher McDougall’s bestseller Born to Run, along with publishing his own book about being a vegan endurance athlete, Eat and Run.

But even with a cadre of world-class endurance accomplishments, Jurek’s latest feat may be his most impressive. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which oversees the trail’s maintenance, recommends people take five to seven months to attempt a thru-hike. Completing 46 consecutive ultramarathons, Jurek finished the trail in a fraction of that time.

…. by Kit Fox

Full article source – Runner’s World

Image Source – Kit Fox