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SALT LAKE CITY -- Two incredibly fit women are preparing to run 50 miles around Liberty Park Monday. It's an exceptional feat, especially since one of them will be running in her nun's habit.
Sister Mary Beth will join ultra-marathoner Lisa Smith-Batchen to conquer their goal of trying to walk or run 50 miles in each of the 50 states. That's 2,500 miles in all, and they want to do it in just 62 days.
The pair is raising money for orphans with AIDS in Africa.
"This year there are 25 million orphans from AIDS in the world, and we're trying to get awareness out there and hopefully money to help the children," says Sister Mary Beth.
This year there are 25 million orphans from AIDS in the world, and we're trying to get awareness out there and hopefully money to help the children.
–Sister Mary Beth.
Smith-Batchen says it's a wonderful opportunity to provide hope.
"This is very hard for me to believe we are here in Salt Lake City, Utah," she says. "This beautiful, beautiful place is God's County, and tomorrow, yet again, we'll run 50 miles. By the grace of God we go."
Sister Mary and Smith-Batchen will begin their Salt Lake City leg of the run Monday morning.