Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sister Madonna Buder - The Iron Nun

Sister Madonna Buder - The Iron Nun

On Sunday, I competed in the RocketMan 70.3 race.  I also had the great opportunity to hear speak and cheer on an amazing women, Sister Madonna Buder

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.

Overall: 08:35:05
Swim 1:21:13
Bike 4:01:19
Run 3:04:23

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


  1. This is freaking awesome!!! I have heard of her but hadn't really known much about her. SO freaking cool!!!

  2. Absolutely amazing! I love it!

  3. Oh Sister Madonna Buder really is AMAZING!
    She is soo inspiring!

    I'm happy to hear that she completed the IM 70.3, since she had to drop out of IM Hawaii last year.

    I would love to participate in the same triathlon as her some day. She is so inspiring.
    I read her book to, she's wonderful!

    Btw this is my 1st time commenting on your blog, and I love your logo, did you make it yourself?