2,200 miles. 47 days. One remarkable athlete.
Scott Jurek takes on the Appalachian Trail.
Scott Jurek is one of the greatest ultramarathon runners of all time and a living legend. North tells the story of his biggest challenge, undertaken at the end of a career full of glittering achievements- breaking the speed record for the Appalachian Trail, the famous path that runs for nearly 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine, almost the entire length of the United States.
An ordeal of torturous physical exertion, debilitating sleep deprivation and unimaginable psychological pressure, the run required Jurek to reinvent himself at an age when lesser athletes would have been winding down. Battered by the elements and nearly beaten by an agonising injury, he ran, hiked and stumbled for forty-six days, eleven hours and twenty minutes, covering nearly fifty miles every single day. Always unsure whether he was going to make it to the finish, he was pulled north in pursuit of a lifelong dream.
Filled with Jurek's unique insights into running, as well as compelling descriptions of the awe-inspiring landscape of the Appalachian Trail and its rich history, North will delight runners and non-runners alike and will inspire anyone striving for their personal best.
About the Author
One of the greatest runners of all time, Scott Jurek has claimed victories in the historic 153-mile Spartathlon, the Hardrock 100, the Badwater 135-Mile Ultramarathon, and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, which he won a record seven straight times, among many others. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Eat and Run, and he has been featured by the New York Times, CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and EPSN Magazine. He is a passionate amateur chef and an advocate for vegetarianism. He lives in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Jenny, and daughter, Raven.
"Pure suspense, adventure, and inspiration. When Scott Jurek went into the woods to create his masterpiece, no one knew if he would make it back out again. He was America's greatest ultra-athlete, a runner whose brains and singular intensity led him to years of extraordinary victories. But this time, Jurek was pushing himself into realms more dangerous than Death Valley, more treacherous than Mexican canyons, and only slightly less crazy than the time he chased after a wild bear. His story of plunging into the wilderness in pursuit of a dream is both heartwrenching and spellbinding." -- Christopher McDougall, author of BORN TO RUN and NATURAL BORN HEROES
"Scott Jurek's record-setting journey on the Appalachian Trail was the most punishing, most demanding, most gruelling feat I've ever personally witnessed. By mile 2,000, he was a hollowed-out, broken-down carapace of a person. And unless he found something, some way not just to keep going but to speed up, he was going to miss the record. Over those final 200 miles, I watched him dig deeper than I thought humanly possible: he not only claimed the fastest known time, but - most impressively - never failed to greet a fellow blaze-hiker with a smile and a cheery, "How far ya' going?" Now, reading his immersive and engaging book, where he asks and pushes himself to find the answers to all of the `whys', I almost don't want his suffering to end, just so I can enjoy another chapter." -- Aron Ralston, author of 127 HOURS
"I'm a huge fan . . . North is tremendous." -- Vassos Alexander, BBC Radio 2
"Probably America's greatest ever ultrarunner." * Guardian *
"One of the greatest runners of all time." * Runner's World *
"The greatest ultrarunner of them all." * New York Times *
"An ultramarathon legend." * Men's Health *
"One of the world's most dominant ultramarathon runners." * Daily Telegraph *
"An ultramarathon running god . . . Is he crazy? Or is he superhuman?" * Slate *
"[Jurek has] accomplished feats that boggle the mind, showing the amazing things that can be accomplished by a determined athlete." * Business Insider *