The vegan runner Budjargal Byambaa ran 275 km in 2 days to win the Save the Daylight ultra in Florida, US. He ran 172 miles to win by over 22 miles. The 48 Hour Race started on Friday 8th March 2024 at 9 am. An ultramarathon, also called ultra distance or ultra running, is a footrace longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kilometres (26 mi 385 yd). Various distances, surfaces, and formats are raced competitively.

In 2022, Byambaa ran the 48-hour world championships and won the world title.  He also won the ten-day Sri Chinmoy race.  He has the course record for the Icarus Florida 6-day race and other records in his home Mongolia.  Between 2021 and 2022 he ran 1,111 km to win the Across The Years ten-day race.

In 2013 he broke the 24-hour national record for his home nation of Mongolia after completing 182 km, and he has completed the 10-day Sri Chinmoy race five times. He won it in 2017 (1,189 km) and again in 2019 (1,222 km). In 2019, Byambaa completed the Xiamen 6-day race, winning with a distance of 834 km.

Byambaa has been vegan since January 2019, initially to improve athletic performance. He said to Great Vegan Athletes, “Veganism is the right choice for me, it improves my physical strength. It helps me to transcend my physical self, moving to the next stage of my spiritual development and growth. Long-distance running is different than any other type of running. It needs not only physical strength, it needs my inner strength. My thought about inner strength is, it is so powerful and it can give me much more strength than the physical strength. Becoming vegan helped me to find my inner strength.”

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.