What were you doing when you were 9 years old?
If you’reMilla Star Bizzotto, you’re training every day in Miami to get your 4-foot-tall body ready for an extreme event that a majority of adults could never complete.
The event called BattleFrogs 24-hour Xtreme race is an obstacle course designed by a Navy Seal.
It consists of a 5-mile run with 25 obstacles and a swimming portion that is around 30 miles long.
Bizzotto remembers watching her father Christian compete in BattleFrog and Spartan obstacle courses, and grew up wanting to try them herself.
Not only did shecomplete the race earlier this month, but she was the only person under the age of 18 to even participate and she totally crushed it.
She completed six full laps (about 30 miles) and said the hardest obstacle was the Platinum Rig, where athletes swing between ropes, rings, and monkey bars without touching the ground.
In between, she slept between 2 and 6AM.
BattleFrog allowed her to participate in the race despite her age as long as her dad stayed by her side.
“I was so convinced the race was going to crush her,” Christian said. “I wanted to prove to her that its tougher than she thought. But when we finished it, all she wanted to do was another lap.
Since June, Milla, who attends North Beach Elementary in the gifted program, has trained five days a week, three hours at a time.
She wakes up early in the morning to do homework and brings assignments with her in the car.
To keep Milla safe during the race, she needed 1,500 dollars worth of gear, which she raised through aGoFundMe page, where she also stated her mission.
Milla said she has been bullied by other classmates, andthats what inspired her to compete.
People would call me names and say I wasnt a good player, she said. I didnt want anyone else to go through what I did. I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want.
What does her mom, who is divorced from Milla’s father, think of this extreme hobby?
She supports Millas competitions as much as Christian, but recognizes theyre extreme.
Her father is extreme too, though, she said.And Milla loves it. I dont think you should set limits on people, much less children.
Milla certainly isn’t setting limits for herself, and to keep her safe, her training is monitored by a sports medicine doctor.
This isnt where the parent is trying to live vicariously through a child, said Dr. Todd Narson. This is all self motivated. Shes a natural athlete, and shes doing things that are reasonable for her. If she was in constant pain or shown developmental issues, it would be different. But thats not the case at all.
I dont want to play video games, Milla said. I dont want to Hoverboard. I dont want to do things to make life easier.”
I dont get bullied anymore,” she continued. “I know how to stand up for myself now. And I love what I do. I want to do it forever.
And if you (somehow) needed even more motivation, hear her tell you herself:
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