Rich is a living testament to the power of personal transformation. At age 40, having overcome an addiction to alcohol that almost completely derailed his life, he found himself out of shape and overweight, and in need of a major change in lifestyle. He switched to a 100% plant-based diet, lost 50 pounds and soon shocked the endurance world by achieving top finishes in grueling endurance races like the Ultraman World Championships, while garnering praise as one of the "25 Fittest Men in the World".
In May 2010, Rich put an exclamation point on his remarkable transformation with the EPIC5 Challenge - an odyssey that entailed completing 5 ironman-distance triathlons on 5 islands of Hawaii in under a week.
Rich now dedicates his life to exploring human potential with insight gleaned from top performers in worlds of ultra-endurance, wellness, business, culture and others. He shares these lessons of personal empowerment across his #1 best selling memoir Finding Ultra, a cook book, speaking engagements and the wildly popular "Rich Roll Podcast".
- #1 Best Selling Author – Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
- 2008 and 2009 Ultraman World Championships Top Finisher
- Completed EPIC5 Challenge – 5 ironman-distance triathlons in one week
- Named one of “25 Fittest Men in the World” by Men’s Fitness Magazine