By Julia Lull
April 20, 2015

Scott Jurek thought Ultramarathoners were crazy, until he tried his first one.

Twenty years ago Jurek considered himself an average runner, but after falling in love with the long distances of Ultramarathoning — any race over the traditional 26-mile marathon — he really found his groove.

He has won the Western States 100-mile race seven straight times, the Badwater 135 mile race twice, and the 153 mile Spartathalon three times. In 2010 he set an American record at the 24-hour World Championships, running a total of 6.5 marathons in 24 hours.

Two decades after he ran his first Ultramarathon, Jurek is still going strong. He hopes to use his success in his unconventional sport to inspire others to push their minds and bodies beyond what they ever thought was possible.

Write to Julia Lull at julia.lull@timeinc.com.

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