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Harvey Lewis: The 47-Year-Old High School Teacher Who Ran 450 Miles and Broke a World Record

Harvey Lewis: The 47-Year-Old High School Teacher Who Ran 450 Miles and Broke a World Record

Update: 2024-02-082
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Last fall, Harvey Lewis captured the international spotlight at Big’s Backyard Ultra in rural Tennessee. The high school teacher broke a world record, running an astounding 450 miles in 108 hours—more than the distance from DC to Boston. 

But—I implore you—don’t let his humility deceive you. Inside Harvey roams a myriad of animalistic tenacity ready to be unleashed.

A beloved teacher at Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts, Harvey redefines human capability with 27 years of ultra-running experience, 115 ultras, podium finishes at Badwater 135, and a five-time USA National 24-hour Team member.

Today, we explore Big’s, including Harvey's readiness to run through another night, his approach to sleep deprivation, spirit animals, transcendence, and mindset. Harvey guides us through his coach-less training and the motivations behind his extensive running feats, racing for the Brighton Center, a Kentucky non-profit supporting families.

 Additionally, Harvey’s fiancée, Kelly, provides exclusive insights into his personality and kindness, sharing charming details like stopping for lightning bugs and hosting popsicle parties. She discusses her ultra-running experiences and participation in Netflix's Squid Game Challenge.

I immensely admire Harvey. He embodies humility, champions gracefully, and exudes a delightful presence—a hero the world needs.


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Harvey Lewis: The 47-Year-Old High School Teacher Who Ran 450 Miles and Broke a World Record

Harvey Lewis: The 47-Year-Old High School Teacher Who Ran 450 Miles and Broke a World Record

Rich Roll