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Miami Beach Man Celebrates 40 Years Of Daily Run On The Sand

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Carl Juste
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Miami Herald

On New Year's Day, a South Florida man will celebrate 40 years of running each day on the Miami Beach sand.

Robert "Raven" Kraft, 64, began his daily routine on New Year’s Day in 1975. He hasn’t missed his 8-mile run since, despite battling chronic back pain, hurricanes, and the flu.

“It changed my life. First mentally, then physically, now spiritually," Kraft told the Miami Herald. "After the 8 miles are finished every day, I write that eight on my calendar and add up all the miles. I sit back and sometimes I just think of the good things that have come into my life just because of running.”

After failing to make it big as a young songwriter in Nashville, Kraft came to Miami Beach and began running to relieve stress.

He’s run with more than 2,000 people over the years and is still welcoming newcomers.

To read the full story, go to MiamiHerald.com.