LOF:005 Rachelanne Gladden Her love is her legacy. Another athlete that finds strength in others’ strength!


NOTE: Athlete Profiles are all about the listeners of the Athlete On Fire podcast! Yes, we have some amazing guests on the show but some of YOU listeners out there are just as inspiring. You write to give us feedback and you share your amazing stories with us and we are happy to pass them on to the masses. This is going to be a regular installment so if you or anyone you know is a worthy candidate, shoot us an email and we would love to feature them. Rachelanne wrote in to request our last LOF and her story is just as good as any we have had. So, we had to share it. She is truly a Listener On Fire.



Rachelanne Gladden




Altadena, CA. (Los Angeles)

What is the best thing about your hometown?

I LOVE the mountains – they bring me SO much peace.

Athletic history:

I was a total tomboy growing up… as I got older, I became a fencer, it runs in my family – but my knees began to suffer and I took up Yoga, and through my love for core work, became a Pilates instructor so I could coreture others as well ( : I became very ill in 2009, and when I was given a second chance at life, I decided to not waste another moment. I fell into the world of OCR and met the amazing people in the Weeple Army, and then TEAM SISU, which I am the New Member Relations Director for now. It changed my life on so many levels, and gave me that push I needed to be stronger and more driven in my 40’s then I ever was earlier in life.


Current athletic passion:

My main focus in our OCR community is support. I LOVE to race and participate, but even more, I love to see others grow and succeed. I want to help the community become a true driving force in the sports world, and bring our teams together to work as a single entity to support each other and make the thing we love so much develop and thrive.


Who or what in the world is inspiring you right now?

My father is one of my biggest inspiring forces. At 75 he still gets up every day to hike, run, and play with the dogs. I look to him frequently for guidance and he always supports my crazy adventures. However, on a more extended scale, the growing teams I am a part of are constantly an inspiration for me. SO many new members constantly infusing such life and joy into our identity. It never fails to give me great hope for the future of our sport. There is also a recent AOF athlete that keeps me on my toes and keeps me positive in tough times <3  

Is your legacy important to you? Why?

All I want is to be remembered as someone who loved and gave deeply and generously. If that is my legacy, then I am content beyond measure.

Why do you consider yourself an athlete on fire?

I am not entirely sure I do – I am definitely a being on fire, who supports our sport with everything I have. That definitely keeps a flame in me very much alive. As an athlete, I do love seeing myself grow and become stronger at an unlikely age. We are capable of so much if we really let ourselves…


What would you say to someone who hasn’t found their passion in sport or life yet?

GO. BE. DO. There is an amazing quote by Bukowski – “Find what you love, and let it kill you”. That has been a huge inspiration of mine for a long time <3  

Where are you on your athletic journey? Flicker, Flame, or Fire?

Oh FIRE… absolutely. I just work to keep it stoked as much as possible.

NOTE FOR RACHELANNE:Thank you so much for sharing part of your story with the Athlete On Fire community. Your energy for your passions is so obvious and we are happy to have the chance to share your story. You are definitely an inspiring Athlete On Fire!


“Everyone is an athlete if they would just apply themselves!”