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Running with Raven: The Amazing Story of One Man, His Passion, and the Community He Inspired
From all fifty states and over 85 countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, people come to run with Raven. In ...more
The book chronicled Robert Kraft's life, the man who has run 8 miles on the beaches of Miami, every single day since January 1st, 1975. Well, almost. The first thing I learned which I did not know is that claim is ...more
BOOK REVIEW: Running with Raven by Laura Lee Huttenbach
Running with Raven tells the story of Robert Raven Kraft, whose streak of running 8 miles a day on Miami beach began way back on January 1, 1975. That is over 15,000 consecutive days and enough mileage to go around the earth five times. What drives someone to live such a disciplined and dedicated lifestyle, despite debilitating back pain? The book digs deep into Raven's past and present to answer these questions. The short answer is, Raven ...more
Immediately the reader can tell that Raven profoundly ...more
Huttenbach is creative with her words, original and enthusiastic with her storylines and well-attuned to complexities and nuances each member of the Raven ...more
The true story about a streak runner (number 7 on the Official U.S.A. Active Running Streak List) named Robert Kraft and a community of friends and followers he inspired. It was both inspirational and heartbreaking. Kraft has set up his entire life around his daily 8-mile run. I don't think he could stop if he wanted to. I believe he will stop only when it becomes physically impossible to continue.
I'm a runner who succumbed to multiple injuries about 1 year ago. Although the injuries were not...more
The book paints a picture of an interesting / obsessed man. Those who join him to run some of his runs are interesting and different. So there is a parade of people who ran with Raven. You get a little idea about and find out ...more
Raven, while not a perfect individual, seeks to build up the good and meritorious characteristics in others. ...more
"Raven is a rare bird that I hope you'll find at the 5th Street lifeguard stand in Miami Beach at 5:30pm any day, every day. No weather hotline, no confirmation number. If he can make it out the door, he'll be there."
"Raven's gift to me ...more
Raven seems to be such an unassuming figure, using running to battle some of the challenges in his own life, and yet the story here is really about how this incredibly humble man stuck with something for so long and influenced thousands of lives along the way.
In this modern day and age where attention spans are brief and personal connections are ...more
But, if there is going to be a book about Raven, it needs some more external research, such as scientific studies of what running eight miles a day does for both the body and the mind. He is an anomaly his story could have offered both pros and cons of such a lifestyle. This was alluded to when describing his rickety running style and pace, but concrete ...more
I loved that he could talk to anyone and make everyone feel like they are welcome. I also like how Raven stuck to his morals and ideas about not paying to run. It gave me perspective about signing up for running races.
To quote the afterword it is the story of an unlikely hero.
Though you may up not understanding some traits of the character of Raven, the books paints a vivid description that will light your imagination and hopefully your will.
I didnt love the style of the writer but I really appreciate a book being written about someone so interesting. ...more
An inspiring story that is so easy to read.
It pulls you in and may even make you think about running, not for speed or winning but for pleasure.