vegan athlete wins spartathlon 2006

November 30, 2006 at 3:18 pm | Posted in Active, Vegan Athletes | 2 Comments

thanks to the folks at multidays.com for scoping this article out…enjoy!
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Triathletes, cyclists, and hardcore Ashtangis are among the new crop of athletes proving that a vegan diet can be a winning one.

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When Scott Jurek, 32, of Seattle fuels up for a 50-mile ultramarathon, he reaches for a smoothie made with pears, bananas, apples, spirulina, and avocado. A mighty bowl of pasta, sauced with garlic and olive oil and brimming with fresh veggies, is the night-before-racing favorite of professional cyclist Christine Vardaros, 36, of Mill Valley, California. Triathlete Ruth Heidrich, 71, of Honolulu opts for a salad of greens with papaya, mango, bananas, and berries before setting out for a competition.

One thing you won’t find on these athletes’ grocery lists is meat, eggs, or dairy products. Jurek, Vardaros, and Heidrich are vegan. And if you think a vegan diet would compromise their physically demanding pursuits, just check out their performances: Jurek holds the course record in the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile trail race through rugged terrain. Vardaros is ranked no. 32 in the world in cycling, and Heidrich has won 900 medals in running events.

Read the whole article on The Yoga Journal – Plant Powered by Rachel Seligman

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  1. nice article…it’s cool to see vegan athletes getting some love and attention. everybody needs a hug sometimes!

  2. thanks! vegans give the best HUGS!!! have you checked out the sistah vegan project?


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