Eat & Run

My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force — and darling — in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile "jaunt" from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently, he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6.5 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more.

In Eat & Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career — as an elite athlete and a vegan — and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood of hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his incredible, world-spanning, record-breaking races — Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and the importance of thinking of our food as our fuel.

Chock full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, as well as fascinating science and accessible practical advice — including his own favorite plant based recipes, Eat & Run will motivate everyone to "go the distance" whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

"Anyone can be an ultrarunner," says Jurek. His remarkable story is a reminder that, no matter how far you go, every day’s run is a journey of discovery and the chance to explore what’s possible in sport — and in life.

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