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Running with Raven : the amazing story of one man, his passion, and the community he inspired / Laura Lee Huttenbach.

By: Huttenbach, Laura Lee P, 1982-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Citadel Press/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]Copyright date: ©2017Description: 242 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780806538433; 0806538430.Subject(s): Kraft, Robert | Runners (Sports) | Running | Runners (Sports) -- United States -- BiographyGenre/Form: Biographies.DDC classification: 796.42092 Summary: "In 1975, Robert "Raven" Kraft made a New Year's Resolution to run eight miles on Miami's South Beach each evening. Over 125,000 miles and seven hurricanes later, he has not missed one sunset--and he has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him. From all fifty states and over 85 countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, people come to run with Raven. In the process they find friendship, inspiration--and a nickname. Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven--and why they keep coming back. Raven is a legend of the running world, and his story is an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way." -- Back cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From all fifty states and over 85 countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, people come to run with Raven. In the process they find friendship, inspiration-and a nickname.

Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven-and why they keep coming back.

Raven is a legend of the running world, and his story is an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way.

"Raven left an indelible impression upon me, as he has countless others. Raven, long may you run."
--Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man

"An inspiring tale of unbreakable discipline and one-of-a-kind endurance."
-Gerald Posner, New York Times bestselling author of Miami Babylon

"Raven's tale of perseverance, understanding, and courage will inspire anyone."- Publishers Weekly

Includes discussion questions.

"First electronic edition: May 2017" -- Title page verso.

"In 1975, Robert "Raven" Kraft made a New Year's Resolution to run eight miles on Miami's South Beach each evening. Over 125,000 miles and seven hurricanes later, he has not missed one sunset--and he has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him. From all fifty states and over 85 countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, people come to run with Raven. In the process they find friendship, inspiration--and a nickname. Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven--and why they keep coming back. Raven is a legend of the running world, and his story is an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way." -- Back cover.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Raven's Community, a Selection of Characters (p. xi)
  • Preface: What Is It About Raven ? (p. xiii)
  • I Permanence (p. 1)
  • 1 Paint It Black (p. 3)
  • 2 Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line (p. 9)
  • II Authenticity (p. 21)
  • 3 The World's Version of Somebody (p. 23)
  • III Grit (p. 37)
  • 5 Hooked (p. 39)
  • 6 Run Free (p. 49)
  • 7 Castro Is Still Laughing (p. 57)
  • IV Fitness (p. 73)
  • 8 Not a Race (p. 75)
  • 9 Better Than Alcohol (p. 86)
  • V Belonging (p. 95)
  • 10 Gentle Soul (p. 97)
  • 11 Andrew (p. 106)
  • VI Accountability (p. 115)
  • 12 Spinal Stenosis (p. 117)
  • 13 You're the Miracle (p. 123)
  • 14 The Big Wave (p. 133)
  • 15 Off Their Butts (p. 142)
  • VII Camaraderie (p. 147)
  • 16 True Story Lory (p. 149)
  • 17 Chuck Norris and Jesus Christ (p. 156)
  • VIII Legend (p. 169)
  • 18 Equal in Running Clothes (p. 171)
  • 19 Weaver (p. 188)
  • Afterword (p. 199)
  • Appendix: Raven Runners List (p. 211)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 235)
  • Reading Group Guide (p. 239)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Publishers Weekly Review

In this vivid biography, Huttenbach (The Boy Is Gone) narrates the story of an unlikely hero: a dedicated runner who has run over 125,000 miles for over four decades on the unforgiving sands of Miami's South Beach. Robert "Raven" Kraft, a high school dropout and failed songwriter, has not missed his eight-mile trot for a single day since a 1975 New Year's Day resolution, and his dedication fascinates Huttenbach. Over 2,500 people, ages six to 80, have committed to joining the man's runs, which Huttenbach narrates with admiration and disbelief. The ragtag Raven runners, according to Huttenbach, are very devoted to their leader, who sometimes runs in downpours and bad thunderstorms despite a series of degenerative back woes that have slowed his stride. Marked by personal tragedies and health problems, Raven's tale of perseverance, understanding, and courage will inspire anyone. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Some sports streaks are legendary, like Cal Ripkin Jr.'s 2,632 consecutive baseball games played or Wayne Gretzky's 51-game scoring streak. Huttenbach introduces a less-famous man to that list: Robert Raven Kraft. A high-school dropout, Kraft made a resolution to run eight miles every day in 1975 and has not stopped since. Throughout the years, hundreds of runners have joined his Raven Runs on Miami's South Beach. He is a purist (not a fan of costly road races) and often compared to the fictional Forrest Gump. He welcomes runners of all abilities, whether on holiday from Europe or recently out of prison. This memoir includes interviews and testimonials from the cast of characters who have joined his community, each earning coveted nicknames like the Astrologer and the Taxman. Even Huttenbach, also a runner, is given the name White Lightning. Not deterred by hurricanes or even surgery, the Raven has battled through tremendous obstacles. Is his streak an obsession or dedication? It's a tough question, but his daily commitment demonstrates how anyone can rebuild a life, step by step. An entertaining, tender account of an authentic sports hero.--Barrera, Brenda Copyright 2017 Booklist