Posted by Sean Flynt on 2010-05-07


Betchen will be joined by a small support group comprised of a television producer, a school teacher, a potato farmer and one nun--Sister Mary Beth Lloyd. Sister Mary Beth, Betchen's friend of many years, is not only an experienced runner in her own right, but may also be the world's only marathoner who runs in a full habit.


The Samford family is encouraged to cross Lakeshore during the day to cheer on Betchen or even run a portion of the course with her.


Batchen's team will begin the run Monday, May 10, at 5:30 a.m. near Brookwood Mall and run the Lakeshore and Jemison trails back and forth several times to complete 50 miles for the day.  Betchen and Sister Mary Beth will join Samford Provost and Executive Vice President J. Bradley Creed in the university's cafeteria around 6:30 p.m.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.