Margaret Schlachter is the founder of Dirt in Your Skirt which explores the stories of empowered women, and a few men, who are conquering old paradigms and changing the world in the process.
Margaret knows about breaking paradigms as she was the first female professional obstacle course racer. On this episode she talks about how she achieved that title and then moved toward the media side of things. She explains what life was like for her in a male dominated industry. Margaret also talks about her experience at attending some of our Badassery Magazine events and why it’s so very important for women to support each other.
About Our Guest
Dirt in Your Skirt creates a supportive community for women (and men). Through the podcast, articles, and videos we explore the stories of inspiring women (and some men) conquering old paradigms and changing the world locally and globally.
Dirt in Your Skirt started as a personal website for Margaret Schlachter, the founder, and turned into a top resource for women in obstacle racing. Today the website has matured and grown to feature women daring to live their authentic life, breaking paradigms, and creating happiness all around them.
We live by the ethos of Explore, Conquer, and Inspire highlighting women leading the charge in articles and podcast episodes. Additionally, offering one-on-one coaching if you are ready to take your life to the next level! Our store offers a few artisanal items crafted by women.
Margaret Schlachter has paved the way for women in the sport of obstacle course racing and media. She continues to be a pioneer both with her podcast and obstacle racing journalism.
Since her first race in 2010 at the inception of Spartan. She has consistently been on the front lines of an emerging industry as the first female professional obstacle racing athlete and first female editor-in-chief for an industry publication.
She founded Dirt in Your Skirt which became one of the most trusted industry resources launching her journalism career. She has worked with major obstacle race industry brands such as Spartan, Mud Run Guide, Mud and Obstacle Magazine, Savage Race, Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, and North American Obstacle Racing Championships to name a few.
Outside of the industry, her expertise has been sought after from major brands such as Outside, Self, Shape, Trail Runner Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, NBC, The Associated Press, Gear Junkie, Comcast, Red Bull, Racked.com, Dailyburn.com, About.com, Gaspari Nutrition, Huffington Post, irunfar.com, Inov-8 and other international media.
As an athlete has taken on some of the world’s toughest events including the Death Race, World’s Toughest Mudder (5x), and Survival Run Nicaragua. Her passion for life is infectious and her story has been featured in several books as well as her own published by Tuttle.
Margaret was one of the first people in the world to turn her passion for obstacle racing into her profession and continues to work in the industry nearly a decade after beginning as a weekend warrior. To date, Margaret has written over 2,000 articles on and about the sport of obstacle racing and fitness.
She has taken Dirt in Your Skirt beyond obstacle racing with the introduction of her podcast – Dirt in Your Skirt – in 2012. To date, she has interviewed CEO’s, best-selling authors, industry experts, professional athletes, nutritionists, thought leaders, and more both with her work in the obstacle racing industry and her podcast called Dirt in Your Skirt.
Aside from podcasting and reporting, Margaret serves as a Board Member for For Those Who Would, a non-profit that helps raise money for equipment and cover medical costs for those who are in need.
Today she spends her time as a full-time podcaster, journalist, author, industry expert, and coach. When not podcasting she can be found working on her Urban Farm in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and two border collies.