Badass 9-Year-Old Completes Intense Marathon And Obstacle Course To Stand Up To Bullies

Milla Star

Today, I skipped a workout class I told myself I was going to go to, and then took a three hour nap instead. I was pretty pleased with myself until I heard about 9-year-old Milla Bizzotto, and now I feel supremely underaccomplished.

Earlier this month, Milla participated in the 24-hour Battlefrog obstacle course, a race designed by the United States Navy SEALs. The race, usually reserved for hyper-athletic people over the age of 18, includes grueling obstacles like climbing up swinging ropes, crawling beneath barbed wire, 36 miles of running, and an 8-kilometer swimming course – basically everything your worst gym nightmares are made of. Why would a 9-year-old take the time do this? The answer is for a reason everyone can get behind: to raise awareness about bullying.

I'm 9 years old. I don't spend all day playing videogames. I have a mission. I obstacle course race with a purpose. I DON'T RUN THE KIDS COURSE! I want to inspire a generation. #InspirationForTheIPadGeneration I want to inspire kids to eat healthy and get outside and play. I want kids to stand up to bullies. I was bullied at school, kids get bullied all the time. I no longer get bullied, now #IAmTheAntiBully! We are all made in different shapes and sizes, we need to love our bodies! #LoveYourBody. On March 4th, I am running the BattleFrog 24hour BFX race. I will be tackling obstacles, running, climbing, crawling, jumping, and swimming for 24hours! I am Running to prove to kids that #ImpossibleIsNothing. There is a long list of things I need to run these races, @miamifitwear makes my amazing leggings but there are soooo many other things I need right now. Please go to the link on my bio and help me to make all this possible!!!

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Milla has enjoyed sports and fitness for years, but was bullied at school by punk kids who said she wasn’t a good athlete. Damn, did she show them. This little girl is in incredible shape, but more importantly, has the best attitude toward bullying.

If someone says you suck because you can’t do something, get insanely good at it, and give them nothing to talk about except your own awesomeness. This little girl (she weighs in at just 53 pounds of pure rockstar) trained for three hours a day, five times a week for months to get race ready. Her dad, a CrossFit coach, and in a Dad of the Year move, encouraged her and coached her, even running the race by her side, allowing her to participate despite the age requirement.

Milla is also body and fitness positive, and urges kids to get outside and play, and to appreciate our bodies for their athletic capabilities, saying, “I have one body and it’s all I want and all I love.”

Preach, girl. She reminds you of when you were a kid, playing and running around because it was fun and kept you healthy, not because you were trying to get skinny. Love your body for what it can do, not for what it looks like. Milla’s message to kids is one that women everywhere can live by.

“I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want,” she said.

So put a little Milla in your life: ignore the haters, prove them wrong, go be your best self, and never forget to love yourself.

[via Women’s Health]

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PlattyBlonde is a senior who divides her time responsibly between cheap alcohol, bad boys, and worrying about her hair.

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