ABOUT THE PROJECT

From April 19th to June 19th, 2010, Lisa Smith Batchen, one of the world's premier ultra-runners, will be the first person to attempt to run 50 miles in each of the 50 states. 

Though two people have previously run a marathon distance in each state, no one has ever taken on the challenge of completing an ultra in the same period of time.     

Accompanying Smith-Batchen on the run will be a small support crew including her good friend and running partner, Sister Mary Beth Lloyd. 

Sister Mary Beth, 61, belongs to the order of the Religious Teachers Filipini, an order dedicated to education.  Members of this order are not allowed to dress in clothes other than a habit.  Therefore, Sister Mary Beth will do as she has always done-- run along side Smith-Batchen in her full habit: a black wool tunic over a white shirt and underskirt, black headpiece and a black woolen belt.  And sneakers.

All funds raised through the event will be donated to help orphans in the United States and abroad. The Dreamchasers Foundation will disperse 100% of donations between three organizations: The Orphan Foundation of America, AIDS Orphans Rising, and The Caring House Project.