Sister Madonna Duder is an amazing women. Sister Madonna is current 82 years old. She started running at age 48 on the advise of here priest. Since then she has completed over 325 triathlons and 45 (YES FORTY FIVE) FULL Ironman distance races.
She completed her first Ironman Kona at 75 years old and is the oldest woman to complete an Ironman distance race in under 17 hours. WTC had to make an age group for her. She is working on getting yet another age group added to Kona soon if she qualifies.
Sister Madonna not only gave the opening prayer at last weekend's Rocketman, she also completed the 70.3 distance race!! I had the joy of cheering her on at the end of the race. Below are her results. Darn impressive.
SISTER MADONNA BUDER
Age 83 (SPOKANE WA)
She says "Heading to the finish line of the Ironman is like me getting to the pearly gates. I think that is why I smile every time at the finish." SOURCE
If you want to learn more about her story see the links and videos below. She also has a book you can get at fine stores everywhere or at Amazon.
Growing Bolder: Sister Madonna Buder
Florida Today: Grace keeps Iron Nun, 82, in the race
Ironman: 82-Year-Old Sister Madonna Buder Returns