Raised to Run: Scott Jurek

Posted: January 6, 2013 in Running
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Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek

26.2 is childs play for this guy…

He’s not just a marathoner.  He is an Ultramarathoner. And his secret to many miles is probably found in what he eats! I’ve watched hours of You Tube footage of Scott Jurek. There are loads of clips about how to do long trail running right with proper form… but most of the time I’m watching the clips I just wonder… how can someone run for 100 miles?  I’m in awe.

And he not only does it.  He is fast at it.  He has won the Western States Marathon 7 times… a 100 mile run, he’s won SEVEN times. Personally, I think some people are born to run, Scott is one of them.  But I also see his free spirit as a huge bonus in this sport. Don’t mistake his jubulation for flipancy… he is also crazy smart and has studied (degree in Physical therapy) how to use his body very efficiently.  He looks effortless when he runs!  I read the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall which chronicles the 2006 trip where Jurek traveled to Mexico’s remote Copper Canyon to participate in a race against the native Tarahumara tribe. Jurek narrowly lost to the fastest Tarahumara runner, Arnulfo Quimare, but in 2007 Jurek returned to win the race.  The book is excellent!

As you might imagine, I was thrilled to meet Scott and his soon-to-be wfie Jenny in Central Park a few months ago.  They are married now and living in Boulder, he talked to the group we were jogging with about his plant based diet – he’s been vegan since 1997.  Incredible.  Ultra marathoning is a big time calorie burner so diet is critical.  Jurek is a student of food! He also has a book called “Eat and Run,” which I just bought.  I have trouble during training because I get so hungry and then I eat the wrong things!  Preparing the right foods, according to Jurek, can make all the difference in how you feel on your runs.


Central Park Run 2012


LOOK FOR TRAINING tips from Scott on You Tube 



  • United States record for 24 hour distance on all surfaces (165.7 Miles/266.01 Kilometers).
  • Won the Spartathlon 152-mile (245 km) race from Athens to Sparta, Greece three consecutive times (2006-2008).
  • Won the Hardrock Hundred Mile Endurance Run, and held the record time for one year until Kyle Skaggs set a new record in 2008.
  • Won the Western States Endurance Run seven consecutive times (1999–2005), and held the record time (15:36:27 in 2004) until 2010
  • Won the Badwater Ultramarathon twice (2005, 2006), and held the course record for two years (2005).
  • Finished first three times (2002–2004) and second three times (2001, 2005, 2006) in the Miwok 100K Trail Race.
  • Won the Leona Divide 50 Mile Run four times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004).
  • Won the Diez Vista 50K Trail Run twice (2000, 2003).
  • Won the Montrail Ultra Cup series twice (2002, 2003).
  • Selected as UltraRunning Magazine’s North American Male Ultrarunner of the Year in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2007.

Personal records

  • 100 Mile Trail: 15:36, Western States Endurance Run 2004
  • 100 K Road: 7:28, GNC 100K 2001
  • 50 Mile Trail: 6:21, Ice Age 50 Mile 1999
  • 50 Mile Road: 5:50, GNC 2001
  • 50 K Trail: 3:04, Bendistillery 50K 1999
  • 26.2 Mile Road Marathon: 2:38, Austin Marathon 2006

Scott has great insights on running, he works for Brooks Running Shoes, and he says Barefoot Running should be done with caution he uses it in some of his training.


By Amy Freeze


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