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'World's Toughest Woman' is a Vegan

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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.

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  • Doods25

    Super Awesome! I’ve been wanting to do the tough mudder for a while now but it kinda scares me. I’ll see how I fair in a half marathon first, then maybe.

    Congrats to her!

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

  • Animallover8

    What an amazing and powerful woman! Thanks Juliana for inspiring vegans everywhere! Thinking of trying veganism or vegetarianism? Check out ChooseVeg.com for more information!

  • Julie


  • Dizenexxus

    Yet nothing is mentioned of the 1st and 2nd place finishers, or of the other 796 competitors that weren’t vegan…why do vegans constantly try to find articles to draw attention to themselves…saying look we’re not retarded! Actually, you are retarded….finding examples of Vegans doing great things isn’t going to change this fact. Shaun white (and many other athletes) eat a steady diet of burger king, and still outperform everyone. Vegan isn’t healthy, it’s not better, you’re not going to live longer from sticking to it, and you’re not going to outperform anyone in anything. There is nothing good about it…except lower blood pressure in some cases. Exercise outweighs all other factors of any diet. You could eat tubs of butter and boxes of bread for every meal…and as long as you were running 30 miles a day you would have no health issues. Being vegan just means you feel shitty about yourself, and you try to modify your diet thinking that this will make you feel superior in some way. If it makes you feel that way, fine. Go for it. Don’t be disappointed when a beef eating mofo outlives you by 20 years.

    • Surfgeorge

      The early death of dedicated runner Jim Fixx, among others noted by Dr. Cooper and Dr. Pritikin, disprove your exercise theory. Eating a relatively high (saturated) fat, low fiber diet (the normal American diet relatively high in animal products) is especially dangerous for high aerobic intensity athletes as they enter middle age.

    • susannah

      Hey Dizenexxus why are you reading about vegans in the first place ??? also you really should do alot more research before you back meat eating as a healthy way to go .. last but by no means least why are you so anti vegans ?? I mean to say many of my friends are meat eaters and I am a vegan. They are forever trying to slip the odd bit of meat into my diet. WHY ?? I never ever push my vegan ways onto them … I have come to the firm conclusion that meat eaters without realising it are riddled with the guilt of murdering animals for their daily sustenance. And need to once again lay the blame elsewhere to ease their constant uneasiness within … makes a heck of alot of sense to me WHAT DO YOU REAKON

  • 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.

    • Willa

      Beck–kudos on the very best answer possible to people like Diz!!

  • Kathleen

    Awesome! This article didn’t mention it, but I read in another article that she sailed past her male competitors too! I can’t wait to try Boku products. I am so glad to know that there are more excellent vegan products available. It just keeps getting better and better!

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

  • Georgina0912

    Ahhh…vegan athletes! Yes you can, and without animal protein 🙂 I am a long distance runner and vegan and i have to say that i never felt inspired or energetic enough to hit the asphalt until i became a vegan. Now i do all kinds of crazy sh*t, not because i am a vegan but because now my body can withstand long trainings and stores energy more efficiently than before.

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