Dirt in Your Skirt Ambassador – Valerie Smith
Over the next two weeks are introducing the 2013 Dirt in Your Skirt Athlete Ambassadors. We received over 50 applications and narrowed it down to a team of eight amazing women. It was incredibly challenging and every applicant men and women would have been a great representation for Dirt in Your Skirt. Today we welcome the fifth Dirt in Your Skirt Ambassador, Valerie Smith.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Member: Georgia Obstacle Racers and Mud Runners
Sports of Choice: Obstacle Course Racing, Trail Running, and Road Running
About Valerie in her own words: “I am married recently to my high school boyfriend who I reconnected with after 20 years and I’m an Human Resources Generalist when I am not playing in the mud. I have Chill, my chocolate Cocker Spaniel who is almost 8. My other hobby or down time activity I love is to read.”
Valerie takes on every activity with gusto! Whether it be an organized hike up Stone Mountain near her home with a weight vest on or trying a new WOD in her CrossFit box she is always up for the challenge. She likes to refer to herself as the “crazy” one who will do just about anything. She said, “I have learned it is never too cold or hot to race and continue to amaze myself with what I have been able to push myself to do.”
For the past couple of years she has given back volunteering and helping organize the Special Olympic Summer Games. She said it’s a great way to give back and she has met incredible young athletes along the way She recently got involved with Girls on the Run and looking forward to working with them in the future.
Valerie has a wide array of events she will be competing in this year. Her list was too long to post in a paragraph so below you can see all of her events for the upcoming year.
Heritage Park Trail – 5K
Xterra Thrill the Hills Trail – 21K
Reebok Spartan Sprint GA – 5k
Reebok Spartan Sprint NC – 5k
BadAss Dash Obstacle Course Race – 5k
Tough Mudder GA – 10 Miles
Iron Warrior Dash – 15 Miles
Warrior Dash – 5K
5K Obstacle Racing Fitness Challenge
Superhero Scrammble – 5k
Savage Race – 5k
Rogue Runner Obstacle Course Race- GA – 10K
Battle Run Obstacle Course Race – 5k
Operation One Voice Warrior Challenge – 5K
Reebok Super Spartan Race Mid-Atlantic – 10 miles
Xterra Harbins Park Trail Race – 10K
Hero Rush GA – 5K
USMC Ultimate Mud Challenge – 5 Mile
Reebok Spartan Race Beast -NC – Half Marathon
Ruckus Run Obstacle Course Race – 10K
Victoria Bryant Trail – 10K
We are looking forward to all of Valerie’s races this year and hearing about all the different obstacle course organizers. It’s going to be a great year for Valerie and we are excited to have her part of the team.