Charlie Engle has a hell of a story. From a serious alcohol and cocaine addiction in his twenties, to the pinnacle of the ultra running world, his thirst for challenge is insatiable.
Charlie has dabbled in triathlon (doing Ironman Hawaii a month after another ultra where he and several hundred other races contracted leptospirosis) and cycling (Race Across America).
How He Does It
We talked for nearly an hour, covering topics like his incredible Run Across the Sahara (and how inaccessible many of those countries are today). We explored his training routines and the psychology of how he approaches a race, as well as what motivates him to largely sign up for new races rather than repeat the same race year after year.
His big project-in-planning? Run from the lowest place on earth (The Dead Sea) to the highest (Mount Everest). Because why not?
Intro – “Roads that Burned Our Boots” – Jazzhar
Transition 1 – “Run 320” – Double Helix
Transition 2 – “Glass Android” – Lee Rosever
Close – “Epic Song” – Boxcat Games