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The Grace To Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun

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Sister Madonna Buder is 80 years old, has run more than 340 triathlons, and doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. As young woman, she became an elegant equestrian and accomplished amateur actress. But as she describes in this intimate memoir, she had a secret plan as early as 14: she wanted to devote her life to God. She lived a mostly cloistered life as a Nun until her late forties, when a Priest suggested she take a run on the beach. She dug up a pair of shorts in a pile of donated clothes, found a pair of second-hand tennis shoes, and had a second epiphany. This time, she discovered the spiritual joy of pushing her body to the limit and of seeing God’s natural world in all its splendor.

More than thirty years later, she is known as the Iron Nun for all the triathlons she has won. She holds dozens of records, has broken dozens of bones, and tells of dozens of miracles and angels that propelled her to a far-flung race. The Grace to Race is the courageous story of a woman who broke with convention, followed her heart, and found her higher mission.

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