Talking with Scott Jurek

Howdy, friends.

I have to interview Scott Jurek tomorrow. He’s coming to town for the Festival of Books. (Here‘s his book, “Eat and Run.”

Here’s some information about him.

His website.

An excerpt:

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 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently, he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6.5 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 runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary.

A Runner’s World article.

A New York Times article.

So I’m trying to read his book quickly so I can ask him some intelligent questions. But I want to know: What do YOU want to know from him?

Happy (ultra) running.



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5 Responses to Talking with Scott Jurek

  1. Derek says:

    Lucky! His book is very good, as is Born to Run. I’d like to know, “What has surprised you about the public’s reason to your book?” and “What was your favorite moment with Caballo Blanco?”

  2. Derek says:

    “Reason” should be “reaction” in my first question 🙂

  3. Wow! What fun. Rasmus and I are huge fans of his book. Question from Rasmus is: “Do you think the best marathon runners would also make the best ultra marathoners (if they ran ultras) or is there a skill set that is specific to the greatest ultra runners? From me: 1. “If you could live and train anywhere in the world, where would it be and why” 2. “which type of cross training do you think is most beneficial to an ultra runner?” Good luck!! Can’t wait to hear about it.

  4. jamie says:

    Very lucky he’s an amazing athlete and can’t wait to read the interview. Question would be “Who do you look up to in the running community and what’s the best advise given to you?” Also he’ll be at runners block on saturday 9/29 8am for a meet and greet and doing a quick 5k.

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