Jessica Lister ‘03 will be running two legs of The Monarch Ultra-Marathon, which starts on Sept. 19 in Peterborough, Ontario and ends at the Cerro Pelon Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico on Nov. 4. “I have the amazing opportunity to run with a select few (at the end of the run) up the mountain to the Cerro Pelon Monarch Sanctuary,” Lister said. As a participant in the Monarch Ultra project, she is running to raise awareness about Monarch butterflies. “My hope is that the monarch butterfly will become a symbol of resiliency, strength and empowerment for thousands of people, motivating them into conservation action,” Lister said. The 4,300 km run covers the North American continent, tracing the migratory route of monarch butterflies. More than 70 ultra runners will be traversing wild landscapes as well as populated urban areas while sharing the adventure with monarchs.
Ultimately, the Monarch Ultra is a call for unity to work together, sharing a common goal of Earth stewardship and biodiversity conservation.
Jessica and her husband, Matt ‘02 live in Maryland with their three children.