Nuns to run charity marathon this weekend

Sisters on the Run 2021 (Courtesy photo)

BROWNSVILLE — Nuns are preparing for a run on Sunday to raise funds for their nonprofit organization offering social services in the Rio Grande Valley.

Sisters at Proyecto Juan Diego, an organization offering social services in Cameron County, will be running the Historic Battlefield Trail on Sunday.

“We’re running where we serve,” Sister Elizabeth Sjoberg, a Daughter of Charity working at Proyecto Juan Diego, said.

She will be running a marathon; fellow Sister Sharon Horace will be running a half-marathon; and, Alex Vizard will be joining in a racing wheelchair borrowed from Texas Regional Parasport for a 5K.

The event is an effort to raise funds and awareness of the work they do in Cameron County.

“People need to know the services we are providing, even in the midst of a pandemic,” Sjoberg said.

Proyecto Juan Diego has a popular citizenship program, a GED program and offers education on diabetes, anger management, financial literacy, parenting, stress management, and mental health.

“We are all working, we’re doing everything virtual, but we are there for the community and we’re going to continue to be there,” Sjoberg said.

So far they’ve raised $8,000, but hope to raise more money by Sunday.

People can donate via the Facebook Fundraiser page or the PJD website

Community members can join along the run or wave as the Sisters pass by. The run is scheduled to end at the organization’s headquarters in 3910 Paredes Line Road in Brownsville.