Fall 2011 Issue


Nun on the Run

Clocking in at just over 80 years old, Sister Madonna Buder, also known as "The Iron Nun," brought her special brand of inspiration to Barry on March 16 as part of a lecture hosted by the School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences.

Sister Madonna continues to compete in numerous marathons, triathlons and Iron Man competitions all over the country, many of which are chronicled in her new book, "The Grace to Race." Aside from her 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling, and 26.2 miles of running, Sister Madonna's primary calling is to serve God. Although she has had her ups and downs as well as some bumps and bruises over the last 30 years, she says that her ability to continue to compete at her age is all part of God's plan for her. "This is not about me. It's about what God does in and through us," she said.

During her visit to Barry, Sister Madonna ran with Barry's endurance club, threw the first pitch at a Buccaneer softball game, and visited various classes.