Vegans DO Have Endurance! Scott Jurek Runs 24 Hour Race

In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that not only am I not a sports fan, but in general I’m not a person who is impressed by feats of physical prowess, be they strength, speed, or agility. I don’t even watch the Olympics.

But as every vegan knows, when you tell people that you not only don’t eat meat, but you also shun eggs and dairy, it’s only a matter of time before you start getting into debates not just about health, but also about your ability — or lack thereof — to compete in physical contests. I can’t speak for my female vegan friends, but most of the male vegans I know try to commit at least a couple vegan athlete names to memory as a defense against assaults on our masculinity.

The name that I most like to cite as evidence that vegans are capable of anything omnivores are is Scott Jurek. Scott Jurek is an ultramarathon runner who competes in races whose distances are regularly over a hundred miles in length. Like I said, I’m not a guy whose impressed easily, but when I read about the fifty-mile runs that Jurek does just in the course of training I’m blown away.

I read in the NY Times earlier in the week that Scott Jurek was running in a 24 hour race in France that ended at 4am EST while I was soundly asleep. I woke up to find out that Scott had finished second overall and I’ll admit, as a fellow vegan I felt a little swell of pride; I think that more than a few of us are keeping this race on standby to tell people that accuse us vegans of being “wimpy”.

Scott Jurek’s goal for the race was to beat the American record of 162 miles for the track, a goal he accomplished by three miles on top of his phenomenal placement overall.

In a world that is so ravaged by the environmental effects of agriculture, in a world where animals are killed by the billions to feed people, victories like Scott Jurek’s are not only personal victories for him, they’re victories for every person like myself who advocates for a plant-based diet to be able to say that the only thing holding you back from being the best at whatever you want is your own dedication and not your diet.

When people like Scott Jurek are breaking records on a vegan diet, it makes it hard for the rest of us to make excuses for not being vegan. So if you’ve been wondering if a vegan diet can work for them, now you know it can.

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago

great news

Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers2 years ago

Good to know and be able to reference this in a conversation!

Rosa mc
Lydia Mcintyre2 years ago

I know this is an older post but i have to comment. I've been a vegan now for years and I have a lot of endurance to workout daily for at least an hour and a half, if not more, and i never need energy pills or energy drinks. My energy comes from a nutrient filled vegan diet and regular exercise.

Pat Tyler
Pat Tyler4 years ago

I have been a Vegan for over 26 yrs since I was 40 and doing 10 KS, marathons, 100 mile bike races,Triathalons and for ten years running the beautiful hills in California with the Dirt Gyrls 3 times a week along with weight lifting and mat work. Following this I hike in the Mts with 3 great dogs. I am so fortunate to have had the chance to do what feels great and what I eat has been my fuel and serves me well @ 66 ... and the energy continues and continues.
Pat Tyler ND

Katherine S.
Katherine S.4 years ago

this doesn't change my view on veganism because I always thought that veganism is the best choice

Renata B.
Renata B.4 years ago

Actually, no, this story doesn't change my idea about vegans because I already thought veganism is the best choice :-) for ourselves, the environment and more than anything else: for the animals.
Have a look at the website of Fiona Oakes. She is a wonder (vegan) woman really:
You really need to look at her website: she is incredible! She has won international marathons, she rides the bike, she rides horses, she works for the fire-fighters and she runs (single-handed) a sanctuary for more than 300 animals who were brought to her as their last chance: from rabbits and chickens to horses!
Talking about levels of energy!

Mervi R.
Mervi R.4 years ago

As a vegan myself, this doesn´t surprise me at all.

Natalija S.
Natalija S.4 years ago

It doesn't change it - I already am a vegan.