Franciscan Sister Runs Yuma Marathon for Catholic Parish

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January 31, 2021

All the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity living at Immaculate Conception Convent, Yuma, Arizona  were approached in September 2020 by an Immaculate Conception Parish member calling at the convent to consider cooking or crafting something to be auctioned off for the benefit of the parish. Like the Little Drummer Boy, Sister Mary Teresa Bettag had no gift to bring, since neither cooking or crafting are her strengths.

“But that’s when it was suggested to me to run the Yuma Territorial Marathon to raise money for the parish. As the cross-country and track & field coach at Yuma Catholic High School, this sounded right up my alley, so here we are! I’m looking forward to it, and am counting on your prayers, as you can count on mine with each step that I take!” said Sister Mary Teresa.

On the  actual day of the marathon, January 30, 2021,  Sister Mary Teresa commented: “It was SO fun!  I’ve had this nagging calf injury and hadn’t been able to run more than five miles since November (with one nine miler thrown in).  So I was nervous.  But I think the prayers of everyone really made a difference, because I finished in 3:48 and felt great the whole way!” (race photos by Sister Hannah Johnecheck)

Franciscan Sister Mary Teresa after Yuma Marathon 2021

The race was held on the Northbound shoulder of US Highway 95 between the Cocopah Resort and the San Luis city limits. Needless to say, Sister Mary Teresa’s students were very interested in how she would do on the day of the run. Words were not necessary. They were proud of their coach!

Franciscan Sister Mary Teresa is Yuma Catholic Cross Country Coach

Article Comments:

Cheri Meade 02/01/2021 @ 8:51 am

We got to see Sr. Mary Teresa running on the road during the Yuma Marathon. After a couple of hours of running, and many miles, she was still smiling and doing well! Gret job Sr. Mary Teresa!


Monica Gosse 02/02/2021 @ 8:41 am

Congratulations Sister Mary Teresa!!


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