Toyota #makeup2mud is a movement focused on spotlighting the many ways women are impacting the world of motocross both on and off the bike. From weekend warriors to professional racers, everyone has a unique story to share. This year we feature female riders who go beyond riding and give back to the sport. Inspiring others to try, creating communities, helping others, saving others, and sometimes saving themselves – they go farther, faster, better, higher… this is how they live #makeup2mud. Join Toyota in 2019 – Tell your story, become featured, and join the movement. How do you live #makeup2mud?Join the Movement
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As a kid my parents and I went to a local track to watch one of my dads friends ride along with his kids, one of which happened to be a girl. When I realized she was out there with all the boys riding at the same level...I soon thought that I wanted to be doing the same thing. I was probably about 4 years of age at the time. I recently wrapped up my third wmx title and now I'm thinking of saying my goodbyes to the woman's "pro" motocross scene. This season I plan to train for racing with the guys, with hopes of qualifying for some pro races. Mentally, I think I could make it so I'm going to keep doing by best to focus and follow that path. Being a female rider has taught me to give my all in everything I do in life. I hope it has inspired other young females in the sport to follow their dreams. It is a male dominant sport but we can do it too. When someone tells you that you won't make it, look at them and tell them to sit back and watch.
Toyota #Makeup2Mud is a movement focused on spotlighting the many ways women are impacting the world of motocross both on and off the bike. From weekend warriors to professional racers, everyone has a unique story to share. Join Toyota in 2019 to give a voice to women who inspire us both on and off the bike. Tell your story, become featured, and join the movement. How will you define #Makeup2Mud?
Racing has had the biggest impact on me and who I am today. I learned from a young age how to be professional, brand myself, and work hard to achieve goals. My hard-working mentality and commitment came from being a professional female athlete. I don't necessarily consider myself a 'feminist', however, I feel growing up in a male dominated sport and lifestyle instilled a "warrior" type attitude in me. Being a woman in the sport of Motocross should not be a dead end ... growing up I was lucky to never hear such a thing: that all my hard work would add up to nothing in the end- and that's why I think it's so important to showcase the importance of women's racing.
Being a girl in a man driven sport can be frustrating. Even though I'm just doing this for fun and not as a career you still get the boys that don't want to be passed on the track by a chick. I love it honestly, now that I'm older and care less what people think, I let things slide. But young girls coming up, it's tough. You always hear "oh you're pretty fast for a girl." Why do people have to add that last part. I see it all the time, young girls are discouraged. I mean everyone pro was once a beginner, and I just think motorcycles are meant to be enjoyed and that's it. But it is an amazing thing to go to the track and see more girls everywhere, every skill level, having fun. I just want to keep seeing more girls out there, trying, giving it a go no matter what. It's such a confidence booster and you meet amazing friends through this sport as well.
I've never let being a female hold me back from playing sports or even stop me from opportunities that have come my way. I work in a dirt bike shop as a parts girl with 5 other male coworkers. It has taken years to gain trust from customers since I am a girl at the parts counter but now it has helped me for the better ... Being a female rider has pushed me to surpass all of the limits or "standards" that are placed on girls. I push myself in the sport because it's that much harder to prove that I can run with the men.
I appreciate challenges a lot more, I know I have much higher limits than I used to think. Riding has taught me how there are thousands of different struggles you will be put through but you can't let them get the best of you. If you fall down you just have to brush off the dust and get up again to prove to yourself what you are capable of.
I didn't understand how lucky I was then to have my beautiful mom to travel with around and support me in this sport that I love, but had little experience with. Between bike work, oil changes, filling up and keeping my bike clean and pristine she supported her daughter racing even though it scared the hell out of her. After taking home 1st place in the state for women's A, and 3rd place in women's B, my whole life was about to change. I got pregnant with my daughter that following winter and had to put the bike up for a while.
Time matters only on how bad do you really want this. How much are you going to give before you can take. I hope to continue being inspired and inspiring others at the track and be part of the community of motocross and feel the empowerment of women motocross.
Kaitlyn Morrow. I remember the first time I watched her race. She literally blew my mind. She has several national championships under her belt. Now she is one of my best friends. Her confidence and skill on the bike is something everyone, including men may search for their entire riding careers.
Riding has ultimately allowed me to become a better person. Not only am I stronger mentally and physically, I have also gained a sense of confidence I never had before. We are in an age where gender equality is at the forefront and motocross is a male dominated sport, I'd like other girls to see that gender shouldn't stand in the way of doing something great. I would like others to learn that anything is possible through hard work and determination. The work you put in is what you will get out; this stands true for many things and the same goes for racing. As a female, you have to work just as hard as males, if not harder.
Motocross has made me apart of an unforgettable community and challenged me on a physical and mental level which grows me into the person I can be today. I can go out and focus on developing or if I just need to ride and clear my head. I love riding for fun, if we can take home a few trophies that's great too!
I would like others to learn that riding motocross is a character building experience that I know first-hand and it has truly shaped my life in such positive ways on and off the track. As a female in a male-dominated sport, I have gained an important self-awareness and confidence in myself that I bring with me everywhere I go. Whether it's pursuing my degree, staring at a huge white canvas that ready to be painted, or launching off the face of a jump for the first time, I am always ready to commit and “not let off”.
Being a female rider has influenced my life in countless ways. It has given me the courage and strength to be whoever I want to be! ... being a female rider has given me the courage to step outside my comfort zones and go for the career and lifestyle that I love.
You don't need to fit any mold -you don't need to be super-fast - your efforts are no less important than anyone else’s. There are many opportunities for women in the sport - but if you don't see the opportunity - make it happen - be the difference. I am a timid rider yet I continue to want to improve and I do so at my pace and that's okay. Everyone is different. It doesn't matter - Just Ride! I'd also like to add how important it is to be involved in the issues that affect off-road riding. Get involved and volunteer when you can.. There are many ways to be an active productive motorcyclist.
Riding has given me so much motivation in life, whether it’s going that extra mile on the road bike, taking a job I really didn't want to do but knew the extra income would come in handy, trying to learn everything possible about fitness to try to better myself, and hopefully better an athlete/athletes someday in their dream which is why I choose a career in the fitness industry.
I believe that I am capable of handling whatever difficult situation comes my way because I've had to balance so many things for so many years and do it as successfully as I can. Trying to manage a 4.0 GPA in college and still be the top women's' professional racer is not an easy task. In doing all these things, I've gained so much confidence in my life and what I'm capable of.
No sport is easy to do at a professional level if you are a male or female but motocross is hard for females because to become one of the best you have to race the best and this is a male dominating sport so you have to race the guys all the time to keep moving forward. And we as females don't have much support as the guys and we do equal or sometimes more sacrifices than them. But you have to know that as long as you love what you do and keep having fun just go for it.
Stephanie is an elementary school teacher who incorporates Supercross into math and geography lessons.
Natalie became the first woman racer from Hawaii to compete at Loretta Lynn’s. Her goal is to not only teach woman and kids how to ride but also to make the sport more accessible for riders. She has also been helping to create a program for military veterans suffering from PTSD to learn how to ride as an outlet.
Kalyn races and rides as a hobby. She created DIRTastic, a free event created to build a community of women who ride dirt bikes in the Pacific Northwest. “We would love to introduce new ladies to the sport, so if you have extra gear and/or bikes, please bring them too!” She also owns Clutch Hair Co. a sustainable hair salon for men and women
She created Gnarly Babes Fitness, a 12 week online group strength, conditioning and nutrition coaching program for women who ride. “I own a women’s strength gym in Wallingford, CT. I’m super passionate about helping ladies get strong with a safe and intelligent approach and I wanted to combine that with my love for dirt bikes. I know firsthand how much strength and a higher level of fitness can improve riding skills, bike handling and endurance and I want to help other ladies who ride reach that level.”
Liz Karcz, a trauma nurse "in real life", is attempting to be the first female to solo the entire SCORE World Desert Championship on a bike. The SCORE series is one of the largest off-road sanctioning bodies in the world and includes four grueling races. Liz has already conquered the San Felipe 250 and Baja 500. Liz will race the Tijuana Desert Challenge in September and close out the SCORE Series in November with the Baja 1000.
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