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Winning Ultramarathons on Plants with Austin Meyer

Aug 9, 2023

Our guest today, Austin Meyer, is a documentarian, journalist, podcaster, and animal rights activist, giving a voice to those whose stories might not otherwise be heard. He’s worked for HBO, The New York Times, and National Geographic, to name a few outlets, and his filmmaking has taken him to faraway places like India, Nepal, and Zambia, where Austin chose to adopt a plant-based diet. 

Austin is also a passionate ultrarunner. And on April 15th of this year, with a time of ten hours and seven minutes, Austin showed the world what a vegan athlete can accomplish by winning the Zion 100K Trail Race. 

This is a must-listen episode for anyone trying to achieve the improbable and for any naysayers claiming it can’t be done on a plant-based diet!

Listen to Episode 242 with Austin Meyer

What we discuss in this episode:

  • The major life changes Austin experienced that prompted him to adopt a plant-based diet.

  • How he maintained a plant-based diet while living in a rural village in Zambia.

  • How Austin transitioned to journalism and documentary filmmaking after playing soccer at Stanford.

  • What he experienced and learned about himself in the first few years as an ultrarunner.

  • What Austin eats and drinks while he’s training and during a race.

  • What he did differently to win the Zion 100K Trail Race.

  • What Austin is doing to promote veganism.

  • Austin’s experiences working with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof.


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