Top 5 Vegetarian Endurance Athletes

The science is in – a plant based diet provides for better endurance sports performance than any other.  Here is a list of some of the top vegan/vegetarian endurance athletes on the planet. Don’t see your favorite here? Tell us in the comments!

Brendan Brazier

Professional Ironman Triathlete, and creator of the Vega line of vegan sports supplements, Brendan Brazier is also a renowned promoter of veganism and bestselling author of the Thrive series of books.   Check out his website here.


Scott Jurek

Ultra Marathon legend Scott Jurek holds countless medals and records in the sport – some of the most notable being the (only) 7 time winner of the western states 100 mile endurance run and the 3 time winner of the Spartathon (153 miles from Athens to Sparta).  His blog is here.



Rich Roll

Voted one of the top 25 fittest people in the world by Mens Fitness Magazine (2009), Rich Roll has completed numerous endurance challenges that many thought were no possible, such as completing the EPIC5 – 5 Ironman triathlons on all 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week, and being a top finisher in the Ultraman world championships.  He is a tireless promoter of the benefits of a plant based diet.  You can find out more on his blog here.


Catra Corbett

Ultra Marathon Runner Catra Corbett runs the popular blog Dirt Diva.  From here blog: “I am an Ultrarunner and Crossfit/Insanity junkie. I love to run, my favorite distance is 100 miles. My running takes me to many beautiful places. Life is too short to sit around. I collect tattoos. I have over 25 tattoos. I have been clean and sober for 16 years.”  That is putting it lightly.  Catra has completed over 250 ultra marathons, and holds the women’s record for completing the John Muir trail twice (424 miles out and back).


Matt Frazier

Founder of No Meat Athlete, a popular blog on vegeatarian diets for endurance athletes, Matt is an unfailing promoter of the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle. He is an avid runner, having competed in numerous marathons and ultra marathons.

  • Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race

    Me….ha! I think you got the major ones on this list.

    • Adam Morden

      Sorry. You should have been mentioned – your site is a great introduction to the benefits of plant based diets for endurance athletes! =)

  • Caryn

    Great list. How about trail and mountain runner Tim Van Orden, 2010 USA Masters Mountain Runner of the Year.

    • Adam Morden

      Thanks for the comment and suggestion Caryn! I checked out his site and he looks like a great addition to the list!

  • Jayne