Scott Jurek Pre-2010 UTMB Interview

iRunFar interviews Scott Jurek, US 24-hour record holder, prior to the 2010 UTMB.

By on August 27, 2010 | 5 comments

We caught up with Scott Jurek, US 24-hour record holder and 7-time Western States 100 champion, the evening before the 2010 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. Scott will be running UTMB for the fourth straight year, so he offers a perspective that few other Americans can regarding the race. (Notable exception: Topher Gaylord, president of Mountain Hardwear/Montrail, who has started all of the previous seven UTMBs). Jurek talks about his three previous races, lessons learned from those disappointing performances, training with Anton Krupicka in Boulder, using poles during UTMB, and the atmosphere at the race. Scott also calls UTMB “the premier 100 mile race in the world” and suggests that more American should come over for the race.

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.