Boulder, CO, United States
Scott’s list of ultra running accomplishments seems endless; 7-time consecutive winner of the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, the only American ever to win Greece's Spartathlon, a 153-mile race from Sparta to Athens (he won it 3 times). In 2010, at the 24-Hour World Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France, Jurek won a silver medal behind Shingo Inoue, 24 hr American Record holder and set a new US record for distance run in 24 hours with 165.7 miles (an average pace of 8 minutes and 42 seconds per mile). He is the fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail. In July of 2015, he completed the 2,189-mile journey in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by more than three hours.
A passionate advocate of veganism, he follows a 100% plant-based diet, which he credits for his performance. He’s a central character in Christopher Mc Dougall’s best-selling book Born To Run and has released his own book, Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to UltraMarathon Greatness. Despite all the glory and attention, Scott has kept his feet firmly planted on planet Earth. He’s famous for his kindness and for his support of the everyday runner. You can find him at the finish line of ultra marathons he’s just run, congratulating every last finisher.