Teacher Completes 100-Mile Run

Teacher Completes 100-Mile Run
Posted on 04/12/2018

Louisa County High School English teacher Katharine Fletcher began her 2018 Lion Pride Run in the early morning hours on Monday, April 9th amid falling snowflakes and a small smattering of students and staff.

She finished more than 24 hours and 100 miles later, this time with the entire track at Louisa County High School lined with cheering students, staff, and community volunteers. The group also included a documentary film crew from the online fundraising site GoFundMe, its members hanging tightly to a golf cart and cameras as they drove several yards ahead of Fletcher.

In all, Fletcher captured the attention of people across the world and, more importantly, raised more than $12,000. That money will go towards helping graduating seniors at Louisa County High School pay for college, as well as the school’s newspaper program.

“I really hope students see you can always push beyond what you think are your boundaries and do more than you think you can,” Fletcher said.

This year’s feat marked the third consecutive year Fletcher has participated in the Lion Pride run. In the event’s first two years, Fletcher ran for the entire school day. This year, thanks to months of training – which included running in the Richmond Marathon – the 43-year-old felt confident enough to try the 24-hour run. 

To raise funds, dozens of Louisa County High School students spend the past few months calling businesses asking for sponsorships and donations. The group also used the website GoFundMe, a choice that helped morph this year’s run from a community event to a story that received national attention.

The story caught the eye of GoFundMe Studios Vice President Wil Tidman. For about a year now, the site has begun creating documentaries to help spread the website’s mission. Tidman sensed the scale of community support around Fletcher, and subsequently sent an entire crew to the school, including producers, photographers, and editors. 

According to the group, Fletcher’s documentary is scheduled to be completed in the next three weeks or so.

In interviews, Fletcher has been quick to credit the support of the school and community for her success. During the overnight portion of her run, at least a few members of Louisa County High School were at the track with her, and some students even put up tents and spent the night.

And one more final fact to make the story seem even more unbelievable; after completing her run on Tuesday, Fletcher was back at work in the classroom the very next day.

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