Vegan ultramarathoner Scott Jurek broke the record on Sunday for fastest person to finish a supported thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail.
Jurek finished the 2,189-mile hike in 46 days, 8 hours, and 7 minutes, breaking the previous record by more than three hours.
“Cheers!,” celebrated Jurek on Twitter posting a photo of himself popping a champagne bottle to celebrate his achievement of crossing 14 states, and going over 515,000 feet of elevation change in record timing.
Jurek started his journey in Georgia on May 27 and had a few set backs along the way. Despite having won pretty much every major ultra race in the world in the past, he was slowed down by a sore knee and quad in the first week and his passage through Vermont happened in the wettest month of the year.
Because of the delays, Jurek’s initial goal of completing the trail in 42 days was not possible although his pace was more than fast enough to break the record set by hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis in 2011.
“There’s no trophy at the end,” Davis told Newswire. “It is an amateur pursuit based on the honor system, and that makes it pure and unique in our culture.”
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which maintains the trail, suggests that those attempting a thru-hike do it in seven months. According to them, last year 2,500 people started the trail but only 729 finished it.
Two days into his journey, he posted a photo of what he called the “best lunch thus far, homemade “Voracious Vegan” tempeh, white bean burger, tater tots and lots of ketchup!”. A vegan chef when he’s not conquering major hike titles, Jurek wrote about his relationship with food as an endurance athlete in the book ‘Eat and Run.’
Wonder if people ever ask him if he’s getting enough protein…