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For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. He has also set an American record of 165.7 miles in twenty-four hours—six and one-half marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run.

His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so. In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level.

From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance.

Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I’ve seen Scott in action as he defies unimaginable challenges, and, thanks to this breathtakingly personal account, I finally understand how he does it. He rebuilt himself literally from the inside out, and the result is a man—and a story—unlike any other.”

    Christopher McDougall, New York Times bestselling author of Born to Run

  • “This is the inspiring story of an inspired man. Scott Jurek’s phenomenal success as an ultramarathoner demonstrates that meat and other animal foods are not necessary for optimum health, strength, and endurance.”  

    Andrew Weil, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing

  • “Jurek’s story and ideas should easily manage to speak to and cheer on anyone seeking to live life as fully as possible.”

    Denver Post

  • “Part memoir, part training guide, part vegan manifesto, Jurek’s most inspiring proposal here is that running—like so many things in life—is less dependent on physical skill than it is on willpower. Runners of all levels…will be inspired to lace up their sneaks and hit the trails.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The man Runner’s World calls the ‘King of Pain’ says that though winning is important, he views running as a vehicle of self-discovery…This autobiography combines jaunty reminiscences, philosophical reflections, training tips, and nutritional guidelines…Jurek’s good spirits and valorous performances have won him more than 14,000 Facebook fans and 20,000 Twitter followers.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “A shockingly honest, revealing, and inspiring memoir.”

    Trail Runner

  • “His achievements prove Jurek is doing something right…Blended with the pro running tips and marathons, Jurek serves up some of his original food recipes to power up the novice or the professional athlete on his way to the finish line in this life-changing track primer. Accessible and riveting, Jurek’s book makes the task of self-transformation look effortless, from illness to wellness, from reluctance to triumph, yet this hard-fought journey to consciousness is not a small feat.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “You don’t need dead protein to be a great athlete…Here he explains how he came to running and then to veganism. He’s obviously one enduring guy, and this book is motivational in the larger sense.”

    Library Journal

  • “The author begins with a frank account of lessons he learned from a difficult childhood…[His] divorce, combined with the death of his mother, contributed to a win drought; during these sections of the book, the author displays genuine introspection…[revealing] that achieving goals is often less important than striving toward them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Jurek studied many of the great philosophers and used their lessons to focus his running. In pursuing the mental side of endurance, Jurek uncovers the most important secrets any runner can learn.”

    Amby Burfoot, winner of the 1968 Boston Marathon and author of The Runner’s Guide to the Meaning of Life

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2012
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for June 2012

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angie | 2/18/2014

    " Excellent excellent book. Once I finished I wanted to read it again. Very inspiring and a very fun read. Jurek has many ways of finding similarities with his reader. It's like you're right there next to him. The book is almost worth it just for the recipes. Lentil mushroom burgers are a must try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Srosch | 2/10/2014

    " Growing up in Proctor, skiing with Sorens, going to the same church, hanging out with Scott's siblings were all parts of my childhood. What I didn't realize was Dusty sold me my skis all through school from ski hut, and a lot of his rice milk recipes are my lifestyle with alleregy kiddos. After seeing some of the awesome recipes and not being able to wait to try them I am tempted to go shopping now! Great book, great memories of the past in small town and a great tribute to a great runner, definitely a keeper of a book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 1/30/2014

    " Very interesting guy. I had no idea anyone every ran ultramarathons of 100 miles or more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crystal | 1/28/2014

    " This was ok. Well written, mostly-inspiring (although it bordered on self-aggrandizement, I got the feeling the author was trying hard to avoid the tone "look how awesome I am!"), and a quick read. I was ready for it to be done by the end, and skimmed the last few race stories. I'm still not convinced that a vegan diet is the only way to health. "

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About the Author

Scott Jurek is a world-renowned ultramarathon champion who trains and races on a vegan diet. He has appeared in two New York Times bestsellers, Born to Run and The 4-Hour Body, and has been featured on CNN and in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other media. Known and admired for his earth-conscious lifestyle, he is also a highly sought after motivational speaker, physical therapist, coach, and chef. He has delivered talks to numerous organizations, including Microsoft, Starbucks, and the esteemed Entertainment Gathering. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

About the Narrator

Quincy Dunn-Baker is an actor best known for The Big Wedding, Grand Theft Auto V, and Draft Day, as well as roles in television series and in theater.