What were you doing when you were nine years old? Chances are it wasn't a 24-hour Navy SEAL-inspired obstacle course that includes a 36-mile race, an eight-kilometer swim, a rope climb, crawling under barbed wire and climbing a up 12-foot wall. But that's exactly what 9-year-old Milla Bizzotto did just a few weeks ago when she finished the Battlefrog race, BFX24, reports the Washington Post.
What would inspire Milla to take on a challenge that most adults wouldn't be able to complete? The answer is an all too common one for kids today: she was being bullied in school. "People would call me names and say I wasn't a good player. I didn't want anyone else to go through what I did," she says. And in a sentiment that seems far beyond her nine years of life she added, "I want to set an example and show other kids that they can do or be anything they want."
Her father owns a gym so, once Milla committed to her goal, she began training five days a week for three hours a day. Her dad and other gym members were there on her race day to support her the whole way. They provided food, water, massages and somewhere she could sleep -- which she only did from 2am to 6am during the race.
When the whole of society seems to be focused on making life easier, more convenient, more comfortable, Milla is doing the exact opposite. She says "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."
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