Scott Jurek is considered one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time. He has claimed victories in nearly all of ultrarunning’s elite trail and road events including the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven times.
He is also the New York Times bestselling author of Eat and Run, has been prominently featured in countless publications and is a star of the international bestseller, Born to Run.
In 2015, Scott decided to mark the end of a 20-year career as a competitive runner by undertaking what would be his mind and body’s greatest test: establishing a new fastest known time (FKT) for running the entire length of the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. In order to set the record, he would run each and every day, rain or shine, for 46 days straight—NO days off—
While Scott ran, his wife Jenny who is also an accomplished ultramarathoner, led the support crew, an ever-changing motley group of old friends and new acquaintances. In their book, NORTH, Scott, and Jenny chronicle their amazing journey.
This is a conversation with Scott about his new book, this incredible adventure, retirement, and parenthood. Enjoy.
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