Bradwell Institute alumnus and Hinesville native Beofra Butler ran her 100th marathon in the Boston Marathon this past April. Butler, the daughter of Hinesville resident Mae Butler, is a Chief Warrant Officer 4, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Butler serves as an administrative executive officer to an Army general, her mother said.
“She loves her job,” Mae Butler said.
The Soldier and athlete is visiting her childhood home this week to celebrate her mother’s birthday.
Beofra Butler, who graduated in 1992, was coached by the late Lillie “Readie” Kelly, according to her mother, Mae Butler. Kelly passed away on May 25. Beofra Butler ran track and field in high school, her mother said.
Beofra Butler’s first marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon, according to a story on army.mil. She later competed in a marathon when deployed overseas, the article stated. This past Boston Marathon was her sixth time running in the event, according to army.mil. The Army news story stated Butler typically runs 10 miles each day during the work week, and runs up to 20 miles on Saturdays.
The marathon runner’s record best is 3:34, but she hopes to shorten her time to 3:30, according to the report by army.mil.
Butler ran on the All Army Track and Field Team from 1993-1996, according to her mother. Beofra Butler is also a certified run coach with Bee Sting fitness, Mae Butler said. The marathon runner attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in life coaching.