Vegan Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek Breaks Appalachian Trail Record

Scott Jurek is no stranger to victory. The vegan ultramarathoner has taken home top honors in a whole host of prestigious races, from the Hardrock Hundred to the Badwater Ultramarathon to the Spartathlon.

Now, he has a new accolade to add to his list of honors: breaking the speed record for the legendary Appalachian Trail. Starting in Georgia and finishing in Maine, the 41-year-old broke the previous record by three hours.

The trail’s full length is 2,189 miles, and Jurek finished it in 46 days and a little over eight hours.

According to Runner’s World, Jurek and his wife intend to have children soon, so he’s pretty close to retirement. He called this run “his masterpiece.”

No matter what, Jurek has earned his place in the history books as a vegan champion. Think people still ask him how he gets his protein?

(You can check out Jurek’s race adventure via his Instagram–he had a live tracker posting photos along the way.)

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Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times,,, and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with Cocowhip, Just Mayo and Dandies marshmallows, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at

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