This episode features a Seasoned Athlete first: this is the first time a guest is featured on this show for the second time! This week we talk to 73-year old Spartan Racer Marla Sweeney. We first featured Marla in a short Everyday Seasoned Athlete segment in 2017. This time around, she sat down with us for a full interview. Marla ran her first Spartan Race at age 70, and from then on she was hooked on racing. In 2018 alone, Marla completed 19 races, including 11 Spartan Races. She earned the coveted Spartan Trifecta – which is the completion of their three different race lengths in the same calendar year. Scratch that, she earned THREE Trifectas in 2018. Marla was recently featured in Runners World, she’s become known as an inspirational figure within the Spartan Race community, and is a fixture at West Coast races.
In this interview, Marla catches us up on what she’s been up to, goes in depth and gets a bit emotional about what living an active life has done for her, and talks about a big step she was taking to “spread her wings” as an obstacle racer.
SEASONED ATHLETE STATS - MARLA SWEENEY
Sports: Spartan Race, OCR, trail racing, road racing
Quote: “It doesn’t matter how old you are. It matters that you’re getting out there.”