Teton Springs Resort Salutes Local Hero Lisa Smith-Batchen

I get tired just thinking about running 5 miles and then Lisa Smith-Batchen comes into my mind, and suddenly, I’m ashamed of myself. If you’re not familiar with Lisa “super woman” Smith-Batchen you soon will be. Lisa has long been a local hero to those of us who work, play, walk and run with her in Teton Valley, Idaho. Teton Springs Resort has a proud history with Lisa and recently hosted her “80 For Haiti” event where Lisa and friends walked/ran 80 miles to benefit children of Haiti. Lisa now has millions of new admirerers thanks to a recent interview on CNN News, a short run with Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and countless other east coast news outlets. Lisa is known internationally as a top endurance athlete and is the only American woman who has snagged the top prize at the “Marathon des Sables,” a 150 mile race thru the Sahara Desert. Tired yet?

Why all the hoop-la. Lisa’s latest & craziest scheme is to raise awareness, but more importantly, money, to help millions of orphans in the U.S. and around the world by running 50 miles in 50 states. What’s the big deal you say? We’re not talking a leisure 2,500 mile run that’s a summer project; Lisa will attempt to complete this marathon upon marathon upon marathon in a mere two months. Through her non-profit Dreamchaser Foundation, Lisa, accompanied by a meager but dedicated support crew, hopes to raise $1,000,000 with this “Running Hope Through America” event. All donations will benefit event partners; AIDS Orphans Rising, the Caring House Project and the Orphan Foundation of America.

You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to participate in this history-making event. Runners & walkers of all abilities are encouraged to join Lisa in their state as she crosses America www.runhope.com/schedule. Join us on Saturday, June 19th for a flat & scenic trek around Teton Springs Resort www.tetonspringslodge.com as Lisa makes her emotional way to the finish line at the historic Spud Drive-In Theater in beautiful Teton Valley, her home and ours. A special thanks to the Teton Springs Foundation for their recent $5,000 donation to support Lisa’s Running Hope Through America! I suddenly think I can easily muster 5 miles & open my wallet for orphans everywhere. Will you?

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