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.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.