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Vegan Athlete Runs Across the Sahara Desert

Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 1, 2012

Who runs the world? Vegan girls!

They certainly run the 11-day Marathon des Sables across the Sahara Desert. Forty-two-year-old vegan Briton Fiona Oakes ran 151 miles—more than a marathon every 24 hours—in the world’s toughest foot race.

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Oakes joins an elite club of vegan and vegetarian athletes, including nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, Ultraman triathlete Rich Roll, ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, and record-breaking 100-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh, who know that a great performance starts with healthy food.

Ready to get your own motor running? 

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  • Donielle says:

    Independant thought is why these athletes are VEGAN and are super fit!!!!!!! GREAT EXAMPLE!!!!!!

  • Richard says:

    Awesome!!!!!!!!! vegan athletes set a great example for people who are caught up in the nonsence that animal products help make you stronger!!!!!! I LOVE PETA !!!!!!!!

  • duif100 says:

    How can any normal human being allow anybody to run this cruel race. i would not even let an animal do that!

  • Chris who follows a Healthy Vegetarian Diet says:

    Hi! Isnt it just amazing! I always just smile when somebody tells me that you need meat to be “strong” …. and then I tell them about al the athletes that are vegetarian or vegan 🙂 Have a great day! Chris

  • ruth johnson says:

    you go girl! well done.