A Vegan Athlete Ran The Entire Appalachian Trail Faster Than Anyone Ever

On Sunday, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek summited Mount Katahdin in Maine in the fastest-ever hike of the Appalachian Trail, according to Runner's World. The 2,189-mile journey took him 46 days, eight hours, and seven minutes to complete.

He broke the previous record, held by Jennifer Pharr Davis, by a little more than three hours.

But this is just one of his many remarkable feats. The 41-year-old has won numerous high-profile ultramarathons, including a string of seven straight victories in the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. And he's achieved all of this on a plant-based diet.

In what may be the best example of quitting while you're ahead, Jurek said this would likely his last competitive endurance challenge before retirement.

But you can still read about his inspiring life as a vegan endurance athlete in his book, Eat and Run. Here's what Jurek had to say on Twitter:

We can taste the bubbly from all the way over here, Scott! Congrats!

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