by Brian Ansley
When you combine some of the world’s toughest obstacle challenges, including the Spartan Beast and the World’s Toughest Mudder 24 hour race, what do they all have in common? Well besides the obvious elements, they have one forceful competitor ready to take them all on before the end of the year! That’s right, Margaret Schlachter, 27, currently residing in Killington, Vermont is ready to take on that test. Margaret has developed a passion for obstacle racing. She did her first Spartan Race in 2010. I asked her about her craze for obstacle racing and she simply said, “I’m addicted”. Well Margaret, the feeling is mutual, and I’m sure many of our readers feel the same way! Vermont is also where Margaret conducts the majority of her training to prepare for all of the upcoming races. She sticks to a very rigid workout routine, and shares it on her web page www.dirtinyourskirt.com.
Margaret established an athletic background early on in her life. While attending Stratton Mountain High School, she was an alpine ski racer. She then became the starting goalie for the women’s lacrosse team at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Currently Margaret is pursuing her Master’s in Education Leadership from UVM. Today, when she is not taking on complex races, Margaret is coaching alpine skiing on the weekends, and a volunteer lacrosse coach at Rutland High School for the girl’s Varsity team. You can also find her at the local fire station as a volunteer EMT.
Right now this hard-hitting Spartan is on an ultra runners plan, and her mission is to be running a 50 to 60 mile race distance by November. This should get Margaret ready for action at the the epic Spartan Beast in Vermont in August. In the mean time, check out her hard core blogs on www.dirtinyourskirt.com. She must be doing something right to attract over 2,000 readers in two days!
Margaret assisted this weekend with the Death Race in Pittsfield, VT and served as a volunteer. She wrote an amazing post about what she saw and how the experience was for her as a volunteer. Check it out HERE: http://www.dirtinyourskirt.com/2011/06/day-21-live-from-death-race.html