If anyone ever says that running 100 miles in one shot is impossible, just point them in the direction of Louisa County High School English teacher Kate Fletcher.
For the third consecutive year, Fletcher has taken to running to raise money for scholarships and the high school newspaper, “The Lion’s Roar.” She set her goal and planned to meet it over a 24-hour period.
Fletcher battled snow and rain for the first few hours of her journey around the track, which started at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Chilly temperatures continued throughout the day, even after the precipitation subsided.
Nevertheless, she persisted, running through the night and into Tuesday morning. She wasn’t alone, though. Fellow teachers, students and a documentary film crew stayed with her the entire time. The film crew was with GoFundMe Films, a studio in California that produces documentaries about the stories behind some of the fundraising campaigns on the GoFundMe.com website.
LCHS Principal Lee Downey was one of the many people who came out to offer support through the overnight hours.
“She [Fletcher] stayed positive,” he said. “We had a lot of people come out and support her, which says a lot about the community we have here in Louisa County.”
For the final 10 laps of her 400-lap feat, Fletcher was surrounded by students who lined the track to cheer her on as she reached her goal. She finished 25.5 hours after she began, just before 11 a.m.
“I feel amazing,” Fletcher said afterward. “It feels great.”
The event raised $10,000 from local businesses and an additional $2,000 through the GoFundMe page.
“We’re excited to see how much money we can raise with the reaction from the film,” Fletcher said. “We’re really hoping this could grow and become much bigger.”
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