Like many other annual events this year, the Chicago Marathon was canceled due to the pandemic. Many of those who wanted to run the marathon were abruptly unable to, but it didn’t stop Sister Stephanie Baliga who decided to run the 26.2 mile marathon in her convent’s basement.
On August 23rd, Baliga ran the race entirely on the treadmill to raise money for the Mission of Our Lady of Angels food pantry, and so far she has raised more than 140 thousand dollars which will be used in response to new needs caused by covid-19. Some of the funds will also be used to finish renovations on an outreach center in West Humboldt Park too. Along with raising money, Baliga also may have beat a world record when she submitted her time of 3 hours and 33 minutes to the Guinness World Record for times marathon on a treadmill.
So thank you Sister Baliga for not only showing you can still get by despite the pandemic, but that you can also help others along the way. If you want to know the full story head to the main article here.