73-year-old competes in Spartan races

TUCSON, Ariz. - Marla Sweeney trains by tuning over a tire, by throwing a spear into a barrel of hay, and running while carrying a bucket of rocks.

And, Marla began Spartan racing at the age of seventy, one mile at a time, as a way to spend time with family. It was an unlikely activity considering her own obstacles, as she suffers from scoliosis, degenerative disc disease, and osteoarthritis.

"I realized that when my muscles were getting stronger, it was taking the pressure and friction off my arthritic joints," said Sweeney.

Eight Spartan races later, Marla is still going strong. She participates in grueling, two-day events such as the Spartan Beast, which features approximately thirty obstacles along twelve miles of rugged terrain.

"I really want to inspire not senior citizens but rather seasons citizens," said Sweeney. "I want them to know that I came from nothing. I went from off the couch."

Marla Sweeney is tackling the western terrain, and providing age is just a number.

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