By Laura Lee Huttenbach
In 1975 Robert “Raven” Kraft, a highschool dropout and aspiring songwriter, made a brand new Year’s answer to run 8 miles on Miami’s South seashore every one night. Over 125,000 miles later, he has now not ignored one sunset.
Along the best way, Raven has replaced the lives of millions who've run with him—many of them hundreds and hundreds of instances. From all fifty states and dozens of nations, throughout all age teams and backgrounds, they arrive to run with Raven, and within the method locate friendship, inspiration—and a nickname.
Among them is writer Laura Lee “White Lightning” Huttenbach, who has logged over 1000 miles of Raven Runs. right here she explores the tales of dozens of others approximately why they all started working with Raven—and why they maintain coming again. Taxman, an accountant in his mid-60s, has performed 1800+ runs. Dizzy, a center college important from Cuba, met his spouse and his ally on Raven Runs. Butcher, an ex-convict, credit Raven with saving his lifestyles. In an doubtful global Raven exhibits up, regardless of what.
Quirky and beautiful, tenacious and magnetic, Raven is a legend of the working international. As he says, “I could be the basically factor that hasn’t replaced round right here within the final 40 years.” Laura Lee Huttenbach finds how one man’s day-by-day ritual has blossomed into an uncanny present for weaving humans together—and a useful reminder that the adventure potential little with out the connections cast alongside the way.
“Raven left an indelible impact upon me, as he has numerous others. i'm convinced that you're going to locate his tale as interesting and captivating as i've got. Raven, lengthy could you run.” --Dean Karnazes, New York instances bestselling writer of Ultramarathon Man
“An inspiring story of unbreakable self-discipline and one of a kind endurance.” --Gerald Posner, bestselling writer of Miami Babylon