OK.  OK.  For those of you who have only known me for a few years, you will likely be shocked to know that long ago (and many pounds) I was a distance runner and lettered on Auburn University’s cross-country team.  Even got a navy blue sweater with a bright orange A on it for all the miles I covered.

So when I came across the story about English teacher Kate Fletcher running to raise money for scholarships for her students, I was  intrigued.

Kate has been teaching at Louisa County High in Louisa, VA since  2005.  This is a small, rural community about 30 miles east of Charlottesville, 60 miles northwest of Richmond and 95 miles southwest of  Washington, D.C.  The county was founded in 1742 and was where Patrick Henry grew up..

Kate, who didn’t begin running until she was 35, got the idea in 2015 that she could run to raise money for scholarships for some of her  students.  She ran 36 miles on the school track that year..  The next year she tackled 50 miles and raised more than $5,000.

And her goal for the 2018 Lion Pride Run was 100 miles in 24 hours.  That’s 400 times around the one-quarter mile track.

How did it  all turn  out?  Click the link above to find out.  And for certain, watch the video.  You will be inspired by the story of Kate Fletcher and her impact on some students in this little community.  I contributed to this scholarship program because Kate embodies the dedication and spirit I see each and every time I visit a school.