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Running with Raven - The Book

running withraven book

In 1975 Robert “Raven” Kraft, a high school dropout and aspiring songwriter, made a New Year’s Resolution to run eight miles on Miami’s South Beach each evening. Over 125,000 miles later, he has not missed one sunset.

Running with Raven is the Amazing Story of One Man, His Passion, and the Community He Inspired.

a Book by Laura Lee Huttenbach


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The Story of the Raven Run

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Consistency at any price. By Robert "Raven" Kraft with Christine Light-Whiting.

 Way back in the '70s, I was a troubled loner from a broken home, an only child whose mother remarried when I was 15-to a guy I despised. I hardly knew my real father, wore black, didn't fit in with the high school crowd, and got low grades. But I loved baseball, country-western music, and writing songs, all of which led me to Nashville when I was 19.                 

I landed in Nashville! There I met country-western music stars and became friends with Johnny Cash. Naively, I gave some of my unpublished songs on which I .had no copyright to one of Johnny Cash's songwriter friends to review. One was stolen, and Way Ion Jennings had a number five hit with it in 1970. (No, Waylon was not the person who took my song.) I never got a penny, and no credit as the songwriter, either. Disillusioned, I retreated back to Florida and South Beach. True to a song I recorded, I was a "Fugitive on the Run."

I became friends with a couple of boxers I met on the beach, Dennis "Bulldog" Byrne and Keith "K.O. Killer" Laufenberg, who worked out of the famous Fifth Street Gym and came to the beach to run after sparring. Before long, I would join them. I felt better. I became toned and strong and developed endurance, but best of all, running took the edge off my anger. God and the angels be thanked! I had what I needed. Little did I know that my urgent, solitary, daily pursuit would evolve into the well-publicized South Beach tradition: the Raven Run!

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5th Street Lifeguard Station
Miami Beach
5:20 pm arrive - 5:30 pm Start

5th Street Lifeguard Station
After the run
Miami Beach


St Louis BBQ



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