The Lion Pride Run/Scholarship
$2,150 of $10,000 goal
Teacher Runs 100 Miles Around Track to Raise Money for Her Students
Kate Fletcher, a Virginia educator, takes on an ultra with the help of her school—and shows kids what perseverance looks like.
-- “Fletcher sees her primary duty as helping her students to find passion and resilience in their own lives.”
Louisa County High School English teacher Kate Fletcher has made headlines with the Lion Pride Run for the past two years, even getting national attention from Runner’s World last April.
This year, Fletcher is setting out to do what most would consider impossible.
Her motto is #Aimfor100 and Fletcher’s goal is to run 100 miles within the 24-hour event, doubling the feat that garnered national media coverage last year.
Fletcher has been an inspiration to students long before her ultramarathons of the past two years. A self-proclaimed “non-athlete,” Fletcher picked up running in her 30s to teach her classes, “You can find strength-- and even joy-- in tackling adversity.”
“I want my students to know that they have the strength and ability to do whatever they want to do,” said Fletcher.
At 8:30 a.m. on March 29, Fletcher will begin the third Lion Pride Run.
Throughout the day --and night-- she will be joined by the school band, Culinary Arts students with the Clif-style bars they have created especially for her, gym classes, math classes calculating her pace, students and teachers from all disciplines who have incorporated her tour de force into their curriculum, sports teams as they practice after school: hoards of students, faculty, and the community at large.
Her run funds programs at LCHS, scholarships for deserving seniors, and this year, she wants to give back to the community as well.
The newspaper and leadership programs have raised around $5,000 each of the past two years. Just as Fletcher is doubling her goal, the students behind the business management aspect of the event are doubling our goal. We are asking for donations for this event and support for Fletcher and her mission.
With an increased amount of financial support, Fletcher’s dream is to expand her impact beyond the high school, to other children in our community struggling to overcome difficulties. Fletcher and the team of students coordinating the event have joined forces with the Louisa County Resource Council to provide food for school-aged children who may not have food without meals provided at school. The program sends food home with students during summer and winter breaks, and even weekends for those that qualify.
Fletcher has been overwhelmed by the support the school and community have shown her over the past two years. Because of support from local businesses, the run has funded six scholarships and provided for the purchase of cameras and other equipment for the LCHS newspaper program. We hope to be able to make even more of an impact this year with Fletcher’s incredible achievement.
Thank you for your time and consideration of supporting this event.
If you have any questions, please email Event Coordinator Carrie Hicks at email@example.com. Kate Fletcher can also be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.