DB 061: Ultra-Marathoner Charlie Engle On Running The Sahara & Beyond

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This week, we are sharing a live in-person interview that Eva did with Charlie Engle at the Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe a few months ago.  We were generously invited to attend this event by Joe De Sena, founder of Spartan Race who was on the Dream Big Podcast in Episode 27.    It was incredible to be part of this magical event, and see firsthand what it means to be a Spartan.  While we were there, Eva had the pleasure of meeting Charlie and interviewing him.  And we are thrilled to release the audio from that interview.  You can also see a video clip of part of the interview on our Facebook page here.  Be sure to like us on Facebook while you are at it 🙂  Please note that you may hear some background noise and that is because we were in a media room where other interviews were also taking place.

Charlie is one of the most accomplished ultra-marathon runners & adventure sport specialists in the world.  He has raced in jungles, summited high ranging mountains and volcanoes, and traversed large expanses of deserts through sand storms.  Charlie is also the author of the riveting memoir Running Man. He shares his globe-spanning races, his record-breaking 4500 mile run across the Sahara Desert, and how running helped him overcome drug addiction.  He also shares his next adventure, which will be swimming, running, biking and climbing from the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth) to Mount Everest (the highest point).  We can’t wait to follow his journey.  This was Eva’s first in-person interview and we’re so glad Charlie made it such a wonderful (and interesting) experience for her.  


  • How Charlie discovered his love for running as a child.
  • Charlie explains the meaning of “ultra-marathon.”
  • Why Charlie did not quit during his 4500 mile run across the the Sahara desert.
  • Charlie explains why he would always choose the hard road instead of the easy road.
  • Charlie’s plan to swim, bike, run and climb from the Dead Sea to the top of Mount Everest.
  • Charlie’s hobbies and the things he does for fun.
  • Charlie shares some details about his book, Running Man.
  • Charlie’s advice to his 10-year old self.
  • Charlie’s BIG DREAM for the future.



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