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Lisa Smith-Batchen Finishes Her 2500 Mile Run for Orphans

On Saturday June 19th in Driggs, Idaho, Lisa Smith-Batchen successfully completed her challenge to run 50 miles, in 50 states, across 62 days! How does running approximately 1250 miles per month sound? My brain isn’t able to truly understand that number and nobody probably can besides Lisa herself…and that may even take some time.

Lisa, Sister Mary Beth, and the Running Hope Through America team rolled through the TALON region during the middle of May. My entire family had the pleasure of participating in the Texas RHTA run. You couldn’t help but be inspired after that day.

(The Texas crew after the 50 mile adventure)

Some news is coming out on the RHTA Facebook page (from a third party source) that Lisa had been running on a broken left foot since Texas. Texas was only near the halfway point of this journey. Tough, Tough, Tough!

If interested in reading some of Lisa and her team’s experience, check out:

Why did Lisa do such a challenge? The whole purpose of the Running Hope Through America project was to raise awareness and funds for orphaned children in the U.S. and around the world. The goal was to raise $1,000,000 with 100% of the donations distributed to the designated charities. Amazingly, in many places around the world $.06 feeds a child.

I don’t think Lisa has reached her fundraising goal yet. If you have interest in supporting Lisa’s goal, check out the right sidebar of the Running Hope Through America website to begin the simple donation process.

Now Lisa, Sister Mary Beth, and team – Get some rest, you deserve it.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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