Running saved Raven. Now music is his escape
Through chronic pain and hurricanes, Robert "Raven" Kraft never stopped running. Eight miles a day, every day. For 48 years.
- But at 73 years old, Raven can't keep up this pounding pace.
What's happening: The Miami Beach running legend has decided to cut back on his daily mileage to look after his health and pursue his first love: music.
- The songwriter, who struggled for decades to make a name for himself in the music industry, released his debut rock album with his new band over the weekend.
Why it matters: Raven has always been a rockstar, earning national media coverage and a massive following.
- Over 3,600 people — including visitors from around the world — have completed the Raven Run, each earning a special nickname from the man himself.
- The performance will mark Raven's first-ever ticketed concert.
What they're saying: "Some doors are closing and other doors are opening," he tells Axios.
- "It's kind of been my dream all my life."
Catch up fast: Raven has been trying to make it as a musician for decades, dating back to the 1970s when he recalls passing song lyrics to Johnny Cash in Nashville to no avail.
- Raven became angry with the industry when, he says, he later heard a song on the radio using his lyrics without credit.
- Running would soon become his outlet, and the streak was born on Jan. 1, 1975 as a New Year's resolution.
- "It's one of the reasons I can't quit running," Raven says. "It's been my savior."
In the decades to follow, he would continue writing songs and sending them to publishers with the hopes of making it big.
- He estimates he's written 1,800 songs to date.
- Raven released his first album, "The Road Is Long," in 2021 as part of a biographical podcast.
What's next: Raven will complete his final eight-mile run this Sunday at 4:30pm.
- Beginning on Monday, he will be cutting back to five miles a day, but plans to keep running every day to keep the streak alive.
- "People depend on me," he says. "They come from all over the world. I just don't want to let people down."
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