A lot of us reach a point in life, often after years behind our desks, when we decide we’re finally going to do something! Maybe a Tough Mudder style race, maybe a marathon. And more power to us. No really, it’s great. But that’s not going to be Milla Star Bizzotto’s lot in life. We’d have to say this girl is about as unique and inspiring as they come. At nine-years old the Miami native completed an extreme race earlier this month that is designed to test the limits of adults who are at their peak fitness level.
The BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is designed by Navy SEALs and SeaBees, challenging participants of all ages. But Bizzotto didn’t take part in the kids’ course, oh no. Instead she opted for the series’ first Xtreme 24-hour race that consisted of a five-mile run, 25 obstacles and a swimming portion that was about 30 miles long. 30. Miles. Long.
She was the only competitor under the age of 18 but BattleFrog allowed her to take part as long as her father stayed next to her the entire time. Christian Bizzotto did, telling the Miami Herald that he was “so convinced the race was going to crush her” but she proved him wrong. “When we finished it, all she wanted to do was another lap.”
Milla, who completed her first BattleFrog in November when she ran a 15-kilometre course designed for adults, trained five days a week, three hours a day, for nearly nine months and it clearly paid off. But for anyone thinking this is about a parent living their life through their child, that isn’t the case. Yes, Christian, a former CrossFit coach and now gym owner, specializes in training for obstacle course races, but everything Milla does is for Milla.
And she’s only just begun. Because not only does she want to inspire her generation, to be healthy, get outside and play, and prove the impossible is very, very possible, but along the way she also wants to squash bullying. She told the paper she’s been bullied by other classmates since second grade and doesn’t think anyone should have to go through what she did.
“People would call me names and say I wasn’t a good player,” she said. “I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want.”
Milla has a GoFundMe page, to help cover the cost of training and her equipment for upcoming races, in which she talks about her mission. “We are all made in different shapes and sizes, we need to love our bodies!”
She told the Herald: “I don’t want to play video games, I don’t want to Hoverboard. I don’t want to do things to make life easier. I want to be comfortable being uncomfortable. I have one body and it’s all I want and all I love.”
Wow. A true inspiration. Girl power FTW!
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