Fuel Up: What The Elites Eat

Scott Jurek. Photo: Scott Draper | Competitor

Scott Jurek

Here’s how the vegan 41-year-old seven-time winner of the Western States 100 and American record holder in the 24-hour run fuels before, during and after an ultra event:

Pre-Race dinner

  • 2 servings tempeh tacos with corn tortillas, 1-2 cups brown or white rice, 10-12 ounces water, 3 ounces vegan dark chocolate

Race-Day Breakfast

  • 3-4 servings of a smoothie, 6-8 ounces soy or coconut milk yogurt mixed with 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder, banana, 10-12 ounces water

Race Fuel

  • 20-30 ounces water or Clif Shot electrolyte drink per hour
  • 1 Clif Shot gel or 3 Clif Bloks every 20-30 minutes


  • bananas, potatoes, licorice, bean and rice burrito, rice balls, hummus wrap (see sidebar)
  • Crystalized ginger or ginger capsules to ease stomach discomfort, 1 Succeed electrolyte capsule and 1 calcium-magnesium capsule per hour


  • 20 minutes after: 75 grams Clif Shot electrolyte drink and 15-20 grams of brown rice and pea protein powder mixed with 30 ounces water, banana, 1 Clif Kit’s Organic bar
  • 45-60 minutes after: bean and rice burrito or hummus wrap

Post-Race Treat

  • Carob chia pudding

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