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At church, the only thing that stands out about Sister Madonna Buder is that she’s the only nun wearing workout clothes. But it’s not just her outfit — this is no ordinary nun.
At 78 years old, Buder races triathlons. Among the most grueling sporting events in the world, triathlons consist of swimming, cycling and running in succession. She has participated in more than 320 of them — 40 of which were Ironman class events consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile run.
“Well, you know, as long as God is giving you your health, there’s no reason to stop,” she said. And this five-foot-seven, 115-pound nun has no plans to stop.