Nun on the run

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Wednesday 12, May 2010 | Category:   Consecrated Life

Lisa Smith Batchen
and Sister Mary Elizabth Lloyd

We’ve talked about athlete-nuns before (see the item on triathlete Sister Madonna Bruder, 6/3/09 below), and here’s another one: ultramarathoner Sister Mary Elizabeth Lloyd, M.P.F., 62, of the Religious Teachers Filippini, who with her friend Lisa Smith Batchen has pledged to walk and run 50 miles in each of the 50 states within 62 days to raise $1 million for orphans around the world.

Lloyd first met Smith Batchen, now a leading endurance runner, when Lloyd was a teacher and track coach at Villa Walsh Academy Catholic high school in Morristown, New Jersey and Smith Batchen was a cross-country running coach there.

When Smith Batchen was trying to come up with a way to celebrate her 50th birthday, Lloyd suggested the run/walk event. The 50 miles-50 states idea stands for the Filippini community’s 100th anniversary in the U.S. this year, while the 62 days comes from the 62 miles in ultramarathons which equal 100 kilometers, a race standard.

Lloyd has elected to walk and jog the her part of the trek, called “Running Hope Through America,” because she is still recovering from losing her toenails at a Labor Day marathon. “My goal is to stay out six hours each day,” she said. The two began their effort on April 20 in a Morris Township, New Jersey park where Smith Batchen ran a loop all day until completing 50 miles.

Lloyd, who has a doctorate in nutrition and public health from Columbia University, received the 2008 Servitor Pacis (Path to Peace) Award from the Vatican’s Mission to the United Nations for her work with AIDS orphans.




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