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Published May 30, 2010, 01:30 PM

50 state running tour stops in Fargo

(WDAY TV) - A 50-year-old Idaho woman is celebrating her birthday by running 50 miles in all 50 states. Lisa Batchen has run in competitions through the Sahara Desert and Death Valley.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

For the first time she's running across the U.S.A. To complete her 50 miles in North Dakota, Batchen ran up and down the trail next to Dike East in Fargo.

Her goal is to raise 1 million dollars to donate to 3 charities helping orphans. AIDS orphans rising, The Caring House Project, and the Orphan Foundation of America.

“We're hoping that one million people will hear about this event that they will feel like they have a dollar to donate and imagine if we did that for every cause we each gave a dollar.”

Batchen started running at 5:30 this morning. It usually takes her about 12 hours to complete 50 miles, but with the cool weather she finished a couple hours early.