— Laura Lee Huttenbach noticed on her regular South Beach
runs that she would always pass by an older man with long wavy
hair, a salt-and-pepper beard, and jet black running shorts.
cordially wave at each other on afternoon runs back then in
2011. A fresh arrival to Miami Beach, Huttenbach was looking
for new reliable routines and new friends.
realized she’d run into what might be the most consistent,
reliable person this busy, transient city has. He was Robert
"Raven" Kraft, the legendary runner who has run
eight miles on the Beach every single day, rain or shine, for
and always clad in a black headband and a pair of New Balance
sneakers, Raven is the subject of Huttenbach’s new book,
"Running With Raven." She explores Raven’s life as
a songwriter, runner, storyteller and South Beach icon.
most alarming thing is he does what he says," Huttenbach
told the Miami Herald. "That’s getting rare."
Raven said he has run every day starting Jan. 1, 1975. He hasn’t
missed a day since.
has spent the past few years interviewing Raven, running with
him and meeting the cast of nicknamed pals who have become
Raven’s loyal flock of runners. Raven bestows a new moniker
on anyone who completes the eight-mile Raven run, and he bases
the nickname on a sort of intro interview he conducts on the
learned about his love of music — Raven is a songwriter who’s
had some of his work recorded — and about the challenging
moments he’s faced while keeping a 42-year streak alive.
said she was fascinated with Raven’s worldview, which is
shaped by his appetite for the news and conversations with
people who come from all over the world to run with him.
the last 42 years, he hasn’t left Miami," she said.
"The world has come to him."