Creating Champions and Change

One step at a time.

What makes an individual, team, or an organization successful?

I believe I have the answer.

As founder of the 100 Mile Club® and a former special education teacher, I had often wondered what caused the transformation of student after student and the Club’s exponential growth.

Put another way: What creates success?

The answer came from watching and working with the students who ran in the Club.

In fact, I discovered what makes anyone successful.

What these students taught me is that success is the result of specific steps, and these steps are the foundation upon which success is built.

I learned this in my second year of teaching after asking the students in my special education class to accept the challenge of running or walking 100 miles in a single year.

I had believed that the level of confidence and fitness they would achieve by running 100 miles in a single school year would positively impact their academic and social skills.

And what I discovered rocked my world.

The Club did much more than that. And it grew almost from under my feet as school after school requested to join the program. A few years later, we went global when adults and organizations outside of academia asked to join. Why, because organizations found this simple approach empowered their members, just like it did our students.


Hi, I’m Kara Lubin.

Today I travel the world speaking about how to create champions and change one step at a time.

I am the winner of the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award, Active Schools Acceleration Project Innovation Award, Jefferson Award for Public Service, and a Spotlight Gold Medalist for the Governor’s Council on physical fitness and sports.

I founded the 100 Mile Club as a running club for special eduction students.

That was twenty-four years ago.

I began the 100 Mile Club during the 1992-93 school year, only my second year as a classroom teacher.

The kids in my class had all sorts of learning challenges. Some were diagnosed with ADHD, others with behavior disorders, and a most just didn’t want to be at school at all.

The 100 Mile Club offered a clear goal (100 miles), a timeframe (one school year), and a step-by-step process (using medals to reward each student’s progress) to reach their goal.

And in the process of reaching their goal, many of these students experienced a transformation like nothing in their life.

As a result, I was asked by countless companies worldwide to speak to them about how to create exponential success.

So today I share the steps that individuals and organizations can take to create a life, workplace, and world where every musician becomes a master, teams champions, and organizations movements.

A nine-year-old girl named Sylvia explained the 100 Mile Club model best.

When I asked her what empowered her to run 100 miles in a year, she said, “Ms. Lubin there’s no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps. And I took them.”

So if you’re wondering how you can make a difference, or if you want your team or organization to make a global impact, you have come to the right place.

What the World is Saying

Tammy Moulton

“Amazing. I love your energy and compassion.”

Tammy MoultonPrincipal/TeacherAthens Community School
Staci Boretzky, MPH

“Along with your organization being AMAZING, you are a great presenter and story teller!”

Staci Boretzky, MPHHealthy Schools Program ManagerAlliance for a Healthier Generation
Ashley Edmondson

“I can’t tell you how many times people approached me during that day to tell me how much they LOVED your keynote. You really did inspire everyone in the room.  In fact, you blew it out of the water!”

Ashley EdmondsonProgram Implementation Team, Let’s Go!, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Amy Elie

“Very inspirational. I had tears.”

Amy ElieNurse, Biddeford High School


As a speaker, I share a handful of specific steps that lead to individual and organizational success.

If I can motivate over 2.5 million Club members to run 100 miles a year or more, imagine what impact I can have on you and your organization.

Call or email me today and schedule a time for me to transform your organization or group.

Kara Lubin | Motivational Speaker

(951) 218-5503

Recent Clients

  • California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • Corona Norco Unified School District, California
  • Diamond Wipes International, California
  • Durant Independent School District, Oklahoma
  • Jackson-Madison County Health Department, Tennessee
  • Jurupa Unified School District, California
  • Let’s Go 5210, Maine
  • Pinellas County Schools, Florida
  • SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators), Minnesota
  • SHAPE America, Massachusetts
  • SHAPE, Eastern District, New Jersey
  • SHAPE, Florida
  • SHAPE, Southern District, Virginia
  • Somerset Public Health, Maine
  • St. Vrain Valley School District, Colorado
  • Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance


The stories I share are about members of the Club who taught me that achieving success isn’t about mastering one thing, but about taking specific steps that collectively have the power to transform individuals, teams, and organizations.

Yuki’s Story

Prior to my first time in Japan . . .


Koi fish kites.

Our van pulls up to the front of the school. I’m with other four dignitaries and an interpreter.

I’m visiting the school in Sendai, Japan, as a representative of Riverside California, Sendai’s sister city.

I see two dozen eight-foot long paper kites shaped like koi fish strung across the field to welcome me.

My interpreter explains that the koi fish symbolize pushing through in the face of adversity.

I love that.

The  director leads us to an outdoor physical education class, and I see forty-five uniformed students doing stretches and exercising all in unison.


Japanese students excercising.

Then the students line up and take off for a run.

I notice one student on the track who’s walking instead of running. His name is Yuki. Yuki is breathing very heavily, almost gasping for air, and looking up at the sky with this “God take me now” expression on his face.

By now everyone else has completed their five laps, but Yuki still has two more to run. The students, teachers, and director are cheering him on yelling ganbatte, ganbatte, ganbatte, which means, Do your best. It’s a great word that I heard during every sporting event I attended in Japan.

Now Yuki is really huffing and puffing. I run over to him.

When I get close to him I see that he is breathing way too hard through his mouth.


Kara and Yuki running.

I think, my God, he’s going to pass out.

He doesn’t speak a word of English. I smile and say hello, touch his shoulder and say, “Look at me.” He does. I breathe through my nose. Then I demonstrate breathing out through my mouth. I do this until he imitates me, calms down, and starts breathing correctly.

He picks up his pace and settles into a very slow jog. We jog the last two laps together.


Yuki and Kara celebrating.

At the finish line he’s crying. I’m crying. Many of the students, teachers and the dignitaries are crying too. Everyone is clapping and taking pictures of Yuki.

I want to celebrate his success by giving him something.

Giving gifts is a big part of the culture in Japan but I don’t have anything to offer. Then I look over at my translator, and even though I don’t say a word she senses what I want and pulls the City of Riverside lapel pin from her shirt, and hands it to me.

I pin it on Yuki’s shirt and say, Arrigato, thank you. Good job!’ His Physical Education teacher says, “Thank you” to me and tells me Yuki will never forget that day. I tell her that I will never forget this day.

I pin it on Yuki’s shirt and say, arrigato, thank you. Good job! His physical education teacher says, “Thank you” to me and tells me Yuki will never forget that day. I tell her that I will never forget this day.

On this day Yuki became a champion.

His victory was celebrated with cheers and tears as he pushed through in the face of adversity

That day in Sendai, Japan, Yuki showed me that people all over the world would benefit from seeing how we in the club encourage students by celebrating everyone’s personal success.

Meeting Planner

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Kara Lubin | Motivational Speaker
100 Mile Club®
2191 Fifth Street, Suite 211
Norco, CA  92860
Direct: (951) 218-5503
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