(1963 - living) U.S.A.
Sled-dog mushing, multisport athlete
Margo Machen was born in Columbus, Ohio. She spent most of her childhood growing up in eastern Pennsylvania on a small farm. While she was in high school her family moved to Michigan where she remained until 1998. She attended Michigan State University, where she earned varsity letters in both track and field and swimming. She excelled in the heptathalon and freestyle sprint races respectively. She was a member of the 1981 Big Ten Track and Field Champion team, and her efforts contributed to the team victory.
After she completed her eligibility in varsity athletics, she turned her attention to playing rugby. Over a 14 year career as a flanker on the rugby pitch, she earned positions on the Midwest-Select-Side team 12 years consecutively and was a member of the Women's US National Rugby team 6 years. As a member of the national team she had the opportunity to represent the United States in international victories.
Margo also excelled in academia, attaining two doctoral degrees, one in Veterinary Medicine and the other in the field of Molecular Genetics. In addition she completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine while working on her PhD. She currently is an Associate Professor at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Her love for the outdoors has led her on a number of solo expeditions throughtout the United States. These expeditions have helped her to develop both survival and land navagation skills. It was on one of these expeditions that she developed an interest in sled dog mushing, in Alaska. In the summer she can be found on just about any body of water that will support a kayak.
In the fall of 1999 she discovered the Eco Challenge on television, and decided that adventure racing was the ultimate in combining all the sports she loved. It was another year before she found the Atlanta Trailblazers Adventure Racing Club and became acquainted with team Anhinga and raced with the team name for two and a half years. In the fall of 2002, Margo made the big move west to Southern California and now lives at the base of a 10,000 foot mountain. She is hoping this move helps to further develop her skills and athleticism as an adventure racer.