9-Year-Old Girl Completes 24-hour Navy Seal Race, Spreads Message About Bullying
9-Year-Old Girl Completes 24-hour Navy Seal Race, Spreads Message About Bullying

How many nine-year-olds do you know who have competed in a highly athletic U.S. Navy Seal obstacle course—for 24 hours—meant for very fit adults?

Here’s one: Milla Bizzotto.

Bizzotto, is a 9-year-old South Florida native who participated in a race earlier this month that required her to run 36 miles, swim 8 kilometers and conquer 25 obstacles, which included “a rope climb, crawling under barbed wire, and climbing a 12-foot wall,” according to the Washington Post.

I’m fearless. And knowing I’m inspiring people makes me more fearless.
— Milla Bizzotto

She’s the youngest to ever complete the 24-hour BattleFrog challenge.

To train, the 53-pound preteen, spent three hours a day at the gym, five days a week.

Bizzotto’s reason she participated in the race is what makes this story more fulfilling—she did it to combat bullying.

“People would call me names and say I wasn’t a good player,” she told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t 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.”

One out of every four U.S. students were victims to bullying in 2015. By partaking in the event, Bizzotto’s goal was to simply inspire her peers to love who they are—and for those who are the bullies, she said she wants them to be kinder to each other.

“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,” her father, coach Christian, said.

“I’m fearless. And knowing I’m inspiring people makes me more fearless. It is hard, but that doesn’t stop me,” Bizzotto told the Herald.

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