Elite Ultramarathon Champion Scott Jurek Selected as Special Guest Athlete at 2011 HMBIM



For Immediate Release

August 15, 2011-Half Moon Bay, CA - The Half Moon Bay International Marathon (HMBIM) today announced that famed ultramarathon champion and Brooks' sponsored elite athlete Scott Jurek has been selected as the special guest athlete at the inaugural event to be held September 23, 2011. 

Jurek, the current American record holder for the 24 hour distance, 7 consecutive champion of the prestigious Western States 100 Ultramarathon, 3 time champion of the Spartathalon race and vegan athlete, will join the festitivies in Half Moon Bay. Jurek was also recently featured prominently in the New York Times Bestseller "Born to Run" by Christopher McDougall. 

"I'm stoked to be part of the inagural event in Half Moon Bay," said Jurek. "The race organizers have done an amazing job in their first year to build a world-class event and I'm looking forward to meeting the runners and working with the event."  

Jurek will offer two sessions at the HMBIM Fitness Expo titled "Fueling on the Run"  and "Mind Over Matter: How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough." Additionally, Jurek will be waiting at the finish line for the athletes to present them with their finisher's medal. 

"We're so very honored and excited to have Scott be part of our inaugural event," said Eric Vaughan, HMBIM's Executive Director. "He is a legendary figure in distance running with unmatched accomplishments, and he cares deeply about the sport and gives back in many ways."

Jurek is currently writing his memoir to be released in 2012 detailing his amazing road and his plant-based diet regiment.



About the Half Moon Bay International Marathon:
Featuring "26.2 Miles of Running Heaven", the Half Moon Bay International Marathon (HMBIM) was founded in 2011 to showcase the unique beauty of the California coast along with some of the best weather a marathon athlete could ever hope for. The inaugural event in 2011 featured athletes from 25 states and 4 countries and sold out in two months despite very little promotion. An official Boston Qualifier event sanctioned by the USA Track and Field organization, the HMBIM also focused on creating an eco-friendly event to consider the precious coastal community and worked to attain official status with the Council for Responsible Sport, and received the coveted Gold Certification from this organization in the event's very first year. The HMBIM features a full and half marathon and 10k and 5k events all on the same day.