Louisa teacher runs ultramarathon to benefit school

Louisa teacher runs ultramarathon to benefit school
Katharine Fletcher

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - An 11th grade English teacher at Louisa County High School (LCHS) ran a 100 miles for more than 24 hours this week around the school track to raise money for a good cause.

Forty-three-year-old Kate Fletcher's run began just after 9 a.m. on Monday and ended around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"I'm going to try really hard to not stop moving," Fletcher said before the run.

Fletcher, who has been teaching at Louisa County High for the past 13 years, has led an annual Lion Pride Run at LCHS for the past three years to raise money for the Lion Pride Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors. Money raised will also benefit the school's newspaper.

Last year, Fletcher ran 50 miles, raising $5,600 for the school.

Garrett Duerson is a junior at Louisa County High and he works for the school newspaper.

"It's pretty amazing," Duerson said. "It's pretty cool to cover a cool story like this, instead of like what's on the lunch menu."

Fletcher prepared for months for the 100-mile run by running and strength training.

"Mostly, I just run a whole lot more than people would consider appropriate or normal," Fletcher said. "This is a really personal accomplishment for me and something I feel really determined to do."

What will she do when she's finished? She says shower, put on warm, cozy clothes and relax.

"I'm sure I will want to sleep but be way too excited to sleep!" Fletcher said.

She will be back to work on Wednesday.

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