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Episode 19 – Orla Walsh – On Spartan Race, Burning Man, and Overcoming Adversity

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10606297_1486098135001922_5073607213386272765_nOrla “Vermonster” Walsh joins the podcast this week. Orla is a member of the Spartan Race Pro Team, a nurse/paramedic in Vermont, and spends her weekends in the winter ski patrolling. She joins the podcast this week to talk about her past, present, and future.

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During the podcast, Walsh talks about losing her mother to breast cancer just before her high school graduation and how she dealt with the loss in college. She opens up about struggles faced in life and how for a time she turned to the bottle to numb out emotions. We dive into her decision to go into nursing and bring a paramedic. She talks about how ski patrolling is a big part of her life in the winter.

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We also talk about her experience at Burning Man as a volunteer nurse/paramedic and she talks about how it was similar in some ways to her time as a nurse in Haiti. Finally, we chat about how she got into Spartan Race and how it was a woman named Lynn Lena that pushed her into the sport and how it’s given her a second chance at athletics. She recently became an ambassador for the For Those Who Would Charity. All this and more this week on the Dirt in Your Skirt Podcast.

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Episode 019 – Orla Walsh

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Margaret Schlachter

About Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter is Founder of DirtinYourSkirt.com. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race. She is Editor-in-Chief of MudRunGuide.com. She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.
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