About the Founder:


Dirt in Your Skirt Founder:


“Margaret…paved the way for over 150,000 women to become Spartans—she is the Amelia Earhart of Obstacle Racing!”—Joe De Sena, Founder of Spartan Race 

Margaret Schlachter

Margaret Schlachter found obstacle racing in 2010 with the very first Spartan Race outside of Burlington, Vermont. From that day she was hooked. This former collegiate athlete found a new spark for fitness in obstacle course racing..

She founded Dirt in Your Skirt in early 2011 as a personal blog tracking her progress to the first World’s Toughest Mudder. Quickly the blog turned into a full website with race reviews, gear reviews, industry insight and more.

In 2012,  she became the first professional female obstacle racer and was ranked 5th in the world at the time. She has taken on some of the sport’s toughest events competing in the Death Race, 5x World’s Toughest Mudder, and Survival Run in Nicaragua. Schlachter helped found the Spartan Chicked movement with over 15,000 members today.

Today she spends her time as a full-time author, writer, industry expert, and coach. When not writing or taking on the next obstacle race or mud run she can be found working on her Urban Farm in Salt Lake City.



Obstacle Race Training BookMargaret is editor-in-chief for 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 work has been featured in Outside Magazine, Trail Running Magazine,,,, The Associated Press, FitnessRX for Women, Mud & Obstacle Magazine,, Gaspari Nutrition, Inov-8 and other media outlets as an expert in the sport of Obstacle & Extreme Racing.

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 –

2015 – Runner-up Best OCR Writer – Mud Run Guide Best of Awards

2016 – Named Best OCR Writer – Mud Run Guide Best of OCR Awards

2018 – Obstacle Race Training Scheduled for re-release.



0029Speaking Engagements

From Margaret – “I am thankful to have been invited to speak to a couple groups about obstacle racing, my transition into the sport as well as about building and creating my own brand. I am happy to speak to any group 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.