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A former D1 athlete turned nun is running the Chicago Marathon to raise money for her church

Sister Stephanie Baliga no longer runs for herself, but for her community and for God. So she was undeterred as the predawn thunderstorm rolled in.

The thunder roared, the sky flashed a bright blue and the obliquely falling rain whipped across her glasses. But she didn't flinch. She only smiled.

"Why wouldn't I smile?" she asked. Running gives her time to meditate, an opportunity to clear her mind and talk to God.

It's a form of prayer, she said.

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