For the past 36 years, Robert Raven Kraft has run eight miles on the sands of South Beach, without missing a day. "Not Rain, Lightening, Hurricanes, nor Injuries have kept him away." -RavenRun.net
In the past month, Raven has been experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath. Because of a long history of heart disease in his family, Kraft had to schedule a procedure that could've ended his 36 year running streak.
The doctors performed an angiogram from the wrist and found no blockage in his arteries. When Raven was waiting to be released, he managed to sneak in some mileage running down the halls of the hospital. He was later dropped off at the beach where he completed the full eight for the day.
Raven was kind enough to allow me to document it all.
Raven ran at midnight, securing his run for Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.
© Mary Beth Koeth