Sister Stephanie Baliga of Chicago has raised almost $200,000 the poor after running a marathon on a treadmill since the annual race was canceled due to COVID-19.
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Sister Stephanie promised friends she would complete run on a treadmill if the race was canceled.
The Franciscan sister's long-distance run was livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom, and has raised over $124,000 for the Mission of Our Lady of Angels with more donations rolling in.
Demand has tripled for the mission's food bank, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
“It is really beautiful because we’ve been delivering lots and lots of food to senior citizens stuck in their houses since March,” Baliga explained. “I’m doing this in solidarity with them.”
Baliga has run the Chicago Marathon each year since 2011, WLS reports, and plans to submit her time to the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest women’s treadmill marathon.