He did it! Congratulations to Scott Jurek for setting an American record in the IAU 24-Hour World Championship, completing 165.705 miles on a 1.25-kilometer loop in Brive, France (running just under 7 miles per hour, on average, for 24 hours). The previous U.S. record for 24 hours on roads was 162.46 miles by Mark Godale in 1999. The U.S. record for 24 hours on a track is 165.24 miles by Rae Clark in 1990.
Japan’s Shingo Inoue finished ahead of Jurek to win the 24-Hour Championship with a distance of 170.074 miles. Jurek’s resume includes winning seven straight Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run titles (1995-2005), three straight Spartathlon (152-mile) titles in Greece (2006-08), and two straight Badwater Ultramarathon (135-mile) titles in Death Valley, Calif. (2005-06).
See my previous post for more information and a link to a New York Times article about Scott, one of the 19 world-class contributors to my upcoming book.