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Margaret Schlachter

World’s Toughest Mudder

It's less than 20 days away! The 2013 World's Toughest Mudder is quickly approaching. Last time I ventured into this race was in 2011, fresh on the endurance scene with no real experience. That year I lasted 21 hours and was the last woman to drop from the race (only two women would officially finish that year). This time I am going back with more experience, more passion, and a fantastic team to race with. As well I have a purpose this time.

While I will be racing for my team and myself during WTM this year, I am also raising to raise awareness and money for an after school program called 100 Mile Club. In an age where more and more children are obese and school recesses and physical education classes are being cut, it's become increasingly important for programs like the 100 Mile Club to exist. The 100 Mile Club was founded twenty years ago by Kara Lubin a teacher who was saw a need for her kids to set goals and move more. The program is simple, kids pledge to run or walk 100 miles during the school year. At 25 miles the students receive a t-shirt, 50 miles a golden pencil, 75 miles bracelet and at the end of the year an awards presentation happens where all the students who completed or exceeded the goal receive a finishers medal and certificate. As I continue to race I will be helping raise awareness for this program as well as raising funds to go to micr-grants for schools for the kids who can't afford the $10 participation fee.

I was once told it's better to race for a greater cause and I can think of no better cause than to help raise awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and a positive solution that can help reverse this trend in the next generation of kids! For now it's back to training as the last push before World's Toughest Mudder!

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