Vegan ultrarunner Harvey Lewis recently won the 24-Hour National Championship for the third time. With just over 130 miles, Lewis conquered the NorthCoast 24-Hour Endurance Run in Cleveland, OH. He previously won the championship in 2015 and 2017. Lewis went vegan three years ago after being vegetarian since 1996, and he attributes proper plant-based nourishment for his running success and quick recovery.“It’s the single most important ingredient to my longevity in the sport,” Lewis told VegNews. “My health, energy, and performance as a runner changed dramatically when I became vegetarian [and, more recently, vegan]. I truly believe it’s possible that I could win 24-hour races for many years to come. One of my friends, Marco Olmo of Italy, won the famed UTMB at age 57 eating plant-based and another friend, Mike Fremont, is still setting records in the half marathon at age 97 eating all vegan.” As a member of the US National 24-Hour Running Team, Lewis has competed internationally, and has also won the Badwater 135 ultramarathon in 2014—a gruelling, 135-mile course through Death Valley in California.

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