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.
Laura Lee Huttenbach, a graduate of the University of Virginia, has been a serious athlete since her older brothers taught her how to slide tackle in soccer when she was four. In high school as a four-sport star, she was named Female Athlete of the Year for the state of Georgia. She moved to South Beach in 2011 after finishing her first book-The Boy is Gone, the life story of a Kenyan independence leader whom she met while backpacking in Africa. During her evening runs in Miami Beach, she met Raven and became fascinated by his story. While running with Raven, she learned Miami Beach history and met characters of the past and present who were unlike any she'd ever known. Her website is llhuttenbach.com. To find out more about the Raven Runs, visit www.ravenrun.net.