#FeatureFriday: Milla Bizzotto

I can’t help it. I am drawn to amazing athletes. And this little girl… well, she’s beyond amazing.

Milla Bizzotto, a nine-year-old from South Florida, recently completed a 24-hour obstacle course designed by the U.S. Navy Seals called the Battlefrog Race BFX24. The course includes a 36-mile race, a nearly five-mile swim, and 25 grueling obstacles that took her under barbed wire, through mud, and over a 12-foot wall.

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Why did she choose to put herself through physical, emotional, and mental pain? To raise awareness against bullying. She hoped that by participating, she would not only empower herself, but empower others. “I don’t want people to quit because they don’t believe in themselves because someone else says that they can’t [do it],” she told CBS Miami Local.

Bizzotto became interested in fitness when she started being bullied at school. “People would call me names and say I wasn’t a good player,” she explained. “I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I did. I want to set an example.” Boy, did she ever!

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She began working out with her father, who operates a crossfit gym, five days a week, three hours a day to prepare for the race. Her previous endeavors include a Spartan Race with her grandmother and father. As they jumped over the finish line (made of fire), they held hands.“It was a special moment holding her [grandmother’s] hand and jumping over the fire,” she said.

Bizzotto also said she hopes to inspire those of the “iPad generation” to get up and play outside. Don’t expect this little firecracker to disappear anytime soon. She said she loves what she does and wants to do it “forever.”

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