Scott Jurek, 36, Seattle, WA. Jurek is generally regarded as the preeminent American male ultrarunner of the past decade. He is a physical therapist and running coach who is best known for his unprecedented seven consecutive wins and course record at the prestigious Western States 100-mile Endurance Run over the Sierra Nevada mountains. He has also won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley, the Hardrock 100 Mile Race in Colorado, and the classic 153-mile Spartathlon, from Athens to Sparta in Greece (3 times), where his winning 2008 performance is second only to that of the legendary multiple world record holder Yiannis Kouros on the all-time Spartathlon list. Jurek has been named a Running Hero by Runner's World magazine and three times was voted Ultrarunner of the Year by Ultrarunning magazine. He is prominently featured in the NY Times bestseller, Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. This will be his first time as a member of the 24-Hour Run National Team.
New York Times Feature Article (May 12) on Scott