Skip Nav
Healthy Recipes
This Creamy Banana Cashew Overnight Oatmeal Offers 15 Grams of Protein
Gift Guide
The 15 Best Mindfulness Gifts to Give This Year
Healthy Recipes
15 Healthy, Protein-Packed Dishes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Ground Beef

9-Year-Old Girl Competes in a 24-Hour Obstacle Race

This 9-Year-Old Girl Competed in a 24-Hour Obstacle Race Created by Navy Seals

There's no denying the incredible strength and stamina it requires to endure obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race. It's impressive enough to complete them, let alone competing against adults as a 9-year-old. Milla Bizzotto was the youngest competitor to participate in a 24-hour obstacle race that was designed by US Navy Seals. In the video above, you'll get a glimpse of her training, which spanned nine months — three hours a day, five days a week.

The South Florida native didn't compete in the race just for bragging rights. Her intention was to raise awareness against bullying. Milla started out training with her dad and coach, Christian Bizzotto, as a way to build self-confidence and strength after being bullied at school. "I think the bullying thing has died down without her having to take physical action just because her outlook is so much different now that she knows how to defend herself," Christian told CBS Miami. Since then, she's competed in other races including Battlefrog 24 — which features hundreds of obstacle courses and 36 miles — and the Spartan Race last year, which she completed with her dad and grandma.

Milla's impressive strength and focus are evident in her training clip, as she says she "will inspire a generation" and "lead by example" — some pretty powerful words, especially by someone her age. She then closes the video with a question that will make you rethink your life decisions:

"I'm here to work. What's your excuse?"

Should I Lift Weights Barefoot?
How to Do a Single Leg Bridge
35-Pound Weight Loss
The Best Moves For a Stronger Butt
From Our Partners
Latest Fitness
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds