by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Sports, Vegan.
Photo: Boku Foods

Still somehow believe that being a vegan athlete puts you at a disadvantage to your meat-eating competitors? You might want to have a conversation with Juliana Sproles.

The 43-year-old just won the “World’s Toughest Mudder” competition,  a 24-hour endurance challenge over a military-style obstacle course that’s considered one of the most difficult contests ever devised. Not only do you have to sign something called a “Death Waiver”, but only those that had finished previous Mudder competitions over the last year (from a field of 150,000) could take place in the final 24-hour NJ contest. So, while the 800 that started were superhuman, you can consider the 50 that actually finished the damn thing akin to an entirely new species; perhaps even alien – or half-Terminator.

NJ.com breaks down what’s involved:

“They’re called mudders because they slog through waist-high mud that soaks them to the core and swallows sneakers. They fall from rings and monkey bars and rocking platforms into icy waters. They climb two-story high cargo nets and taunting walls. They crawl through watery tunnels and carry tires. They try to scale huge slides coated with cooking oil. Drenched, they fight their way through curtains of live wires that crackle with electricity, burning and stinging when they brush the skin.”

So what does it take to destroy your competition and claim the title of “Toughest Woman on the Planet” (and third overall)? For Sproles, it was being fueled by a vegan diet.

“We had a strategy, and a plan, and we executed it,” Sproles told her sponsor Boku foods. “I had Boku Super Food, Boku Super Protein, I ate my Boku bars, I also had immune tonic and Boku Matcha tea in my tent. The blend of the Boku products provided my nutritional needs for the event. I was able to go 24 hours and 10 minutes, to finish the last lap. I could not have done it without Boku.”

And even though Sproles finished the event with two frost-bitten toes, she still relished the experience.

“It was gnarly,” she said. “The mud mile went on forever, with 8-­?foot walls and slippery berms. Overnight temperatures in the low 20’s caused the ice to freeze a quarter inch thick by the early morning, we had to break through it with our hands and feet, and then slog through it and keep moving forward.”

I’m cringing just thinking about that. But it’s an amazing testament to the power of vegan foods to drive a competitor through that madness and get him/her across the finish line. Congrats to Sproles!

For an idea of the hell that is the 24-hour Mudder final, check out the promo video below.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Corcoran/1591985520 Jim Corcoran

    There are many reasons to choose a vegan lifestyle. Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life-altering choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org

  • Steve

    That’s a great accomplishment on a very tough platform. I tend to agree with Diz, though. What about the other competitors and their diets? I have heard it said that the healthiest people on earth are vegetarians who cheat and eat meat, fish and eggs. Lots of vegys are great, but most of us require meat protein and fat.
    The other thing that bothered me was that her diet seemed to consist mostly of the Boku products rather than nature’s food.

  • Chels

    why are you on a very PRO VEAGAN (um, fully vegan) site if you want to bitch about how fucking lame vegans are? I’ve been vegan for 5 years. I’m not a pushy vegan, and most vegans aren’t. We have to put up with assholes like you on the regular, and you really have no idea how tiring it is. Maybe one time someone questioned or challenged you on your decision to be a carnivore (but perhaps, no hopefully, someone has called you out for being an ignorant douche bag far more than once?) but literally DAILY my personal decision to be a vegan is nit picked. I strongly dislike people like you, you ignorant little twit. Read the China Study, or Engine 2, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure, or ANY NUMBER OF STUDIES that have literally proven you wrong. Then, go out on a friday night instead of trolling the interwebs to spread your stupid. (and yes, i mean the singular of stupid.)

  • Fruti

    There is a lot more to being vegetarian than eating food. Did you realize compassion is part of human life? The vegetarian does not have the terror in their cells from the killing of the animal. Quantum physics is the new frontier in science. With the information from our new science we are getting closer to the spiritual side of life. perhaps this is what keeps the vegetarians in the lime light.

  • Beck

    Dizenexxus, why the anger…maybe you should get off the meat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliana.sproles Juliana Sproles

    I hope you have had a chance to try BoKU, new formulas are being developed now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliana.sproles Juliana Sproles

    One step at a time, every handhold, every foot plant… you can totally do this.