TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) of Our Lady of Solitude, a contemplative community of nuns in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, are training in preparation for their third annual Nun Run. The 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk is at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 10, at Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Ariz. The Nun Run, sponsored by San Diego-based The Wood & Iron Factory, Inc., is a fundraiser to build a cloistered monastery and place of retreat in Tonopah, Ariz., 50 miles west of Phoenix. When completed, it will be the first PCPA Monastery in the Western United States.

The Nun Run is for all ages and faiths, and for those outside Arizona to participate as Shadow Runners. Last year's Nun Run drew over 900 participants and over 500 Shadow Runners across the U.S. and around the world including Canada, Italy, England, Israel, Australia and Sweden.

"The Nun Run is quickly becoming a sought-after, early spring race in Arizona that attracts a diverse group of people," said Sr. Mary Fidelis of the Poor Clares. "From seasoned runners and moms pushing strollers, to families and vacationers, Catholics and curious observers—it's a time for us to meet our supporters and run at their side. What strikes me each year is the tangible joy of all the participants on the day of the event—this is what keeps people coming back, year after year."

Nun Run registration is $25 per person through February 25; $30 from February 26 through March 9; and $35 on March 10. To register, participate as a Shadow Runner, form a Shadow Team or become a fundraiser, visit www.desertnuns.com or www.active.com.

About the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration

In May 2005, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (PCPA) were invited to the Valley from Hanceville, Alabama, by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix. Five nuns traveled from Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama to Arizona to establish the first contemplative Order in the Diocese of Phoenix. PCPA Monasteries around the world include locations in France, Germany, Bangladesh, Poland and India. For more information on the Poor Clares, to make a prayer request or donation, or to inquire about a vocation, visit www.desertnuns.com.


SOURCE Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration


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