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.
“Margaret…paved the way for countless women to become Spartans—she is the Amelia Earhart of Obstacle Racing!”—Joe De Sena, Founder of Spartan Race
Margaret is editor-in-chief for MudRunGuide.com the world’s leading news source for all things Obstacle Racing. She also works as a freelance writer for a number of websites and publications.
Her first book, Obstacle Race Training with Tuttle Publishing was released April 15, 2014. Scheduled for re-release September 18, 2018.
2012 – Dirt in Your Skirt Named Best Sports Weblog – Bloggie Awards
2013 – Named One of the Best Sports Blogs & Women’s Blogs – TheGoodWebGuide UK
2014 – Obstacle Race Training Book hits the bestseller in multiple categories on Amazon
2015 – Named One of the 50 Most Influential People in OCR – Mud and Adventure
2015 – Named One of the 50 Most Influential Women in OCR – Solovieva.com
2015 – Runner-up Best OCR Writer – Mud Run Guide Best of Awards
2016 – Named Best OCR Writer – Mud Run Guide Best of OCR Awards
2017 – Finalist – Best Podcast – Mud Run Guide Best of Awards
2017 – Finalist – Best OCR Writer – Mud Run Guide Best of Awards
2018 – Obstacle Race Training Re-Released.
From Margaret – “I am thankful for each opportunity to teach and speak to groups about obstacle racing, podcasting, life/sport/work alignment, and my transition from professional athlete to media personality and alignment coach. Speaking and teaching is my passion and I welcome opportunities to speak to groups about sports, life, and paving your own path to happiness and success. For more information about booking a speaking engagement please email us through the contact page.”
Featured Panelist: Outlier Podcast Festival 2018
Featured Speaker: Utah Podcast Festival
Emcee: Obstacle Course Racing World Championships Dinners 2014 – 2018