• By John McDaniel Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

There's another big event taking place this weekend. Midway will be entertaining the eighth annual Iron Horse Half Marathon this Sunday, Oct. 15. This event is presented by John's Run/Walk Shop and will begin at 8 a.m. The race usually brings more than 2,000 people into town, counting volunteers, family and friends of runners, and of course the runners. This race has been named "One of the Top Destination Half Marathons in the U.S" by Runners World Magazine and "One of the top 50 Races in the U.S. Worth Traveling For" by FlipKey by TripAdvisor.

This year there will be a new event added into the mix - the running of the first ever Iron Horse 12K. A runner running a 12K race would have to run 7.46 miles to cross the finish line. In case you've forgotten, the half marathon event is 21.0975 km or 13 miles 192-½ yards.

As a bystander who appreciates the stamina and the discipline that it takes to train for such an event, I enjoy watching the hundreds of runners as they line up for the start on Brand Street and start running under the railroad trestle. The best seat in the house for the start is at the top of the trestle, but each year more and more onlookers are staking out their spots.

Even if you don't like to watch the runners, you can still take advantage of the great breakfast that will be served at the Midway Christian Church Fellowship Hall on East Bruin Street or make your way to 121 South Winter Street to eat at the Midway Baptist Church. Both churches will start serving at 8 a.m. Now that would be a good way to start off a Sunday morning.

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I don't know about you but I find it a bit exciting reading the sports page in the Woodford Sun and seeing all the headlines referring to Midway University. I never expected to read about the successes of the Midway College, now University, cross country team, men's soccer team wins, and women's tennis team moves to 2 wins and 1 loss. All of that and there are still other sporting events taking place.

The news even gets better for all you sports fans. The university has announced that it will be adding three more for student-athletes in the 2018 and 2019 school year. The new sports will be men's wrestling, men's volleyball, and women's track and field were all approved by the board of trustees with recruitment to begin immediately. Additionally, a dance team will be incorporated into the existing cheerleading program for next fall.

Dr. John Marsden, president of Midway University, was quoted on the university website: "Going co-ed and expanding athletics last year has truly transformed our campus. We believe a vibrant athletics program enhances our institution and provides a wonderful opportunity for students to earn their degree while playing a sport they love. Our athletics programs are showing strong results, but also our student-athletes are performing well in the classroom. Midway student-athletes posted a 3.19 GPA in the 2017 spring semester and we had had six teams that were named NAIA Scholar-Teams for the 2016-17 academic year. Additionally, Midway Athletics just received the Gold Level Champions of Character Five-Star Institution honor from the NAIA for the first time in our institution's history, an honor that highlight's our dedication to pursuing character-driven athletics."

Midway University competes in the River States Conference and is a member of the NAIA. This year, Midway University has 340 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. With the additional sports, Midway Athletics will offer opportunities in 20 sports and expand to over 400 student-athletes.

I don't know about you, I'm getting ready to go out and buy me a Midway University jersey and start checking out our hometown college . oops university teams.

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Halloween is just around the corner and you'll need a pumpkin to carve for that special night. You can buy that pumpkin and help send Girl Scout Troop 1913 to camp at the same time.

Go the Midway Corner Grocery Saturday, Oct. 21, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and pick out your pumpkin to take home. This Girl Scout Troop 1913 fundraiser will be selling the pumpkins for $8 each.

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Someone messaged me the other day on Facebook mentioning my article from last week. He asked me if people from Midway are called Midwegians what are people from Versailles called?

I replied the only name that I could come up with for a person from Versailles is "Midwegian Wannabe."

Message from The Mayor By Grayson Vandegrift

With summer events wrapped up, I thought it would be a good time to recap the major events of our city and to thank, as a group, all of the many people who make them possible.

Francisco>s Farm has been a welcoming event that showcases Midway University>s beautiful campus, as well as a wide array of the arts.

Midsummer Nights in Midway held three successful downtown block parties that celebrated the culture - and fun-loving spirit - of our community.

Most recently, the Midway Fall Festival presented our city to the entire state, and other parts of the country, and people are clearly taking notice - Saturday>s crowd was the biggest single day crowd ever, and pushed the whole weekend into the record books.

All of these events, which celebrate art, music, community, and life itself, are only made possible by volunteerism. Such as with the continuing improvements of Walter Bradley Park, it>s the spirit of dedicating time, talent and energy that leads to enjoyable results for everyone.

In a country that can>t seem to agree on anything right now, these volunteers are an example of what can happen when people make the conscientious decision to work together. In fact, they exhibit the best of us, and remind us that the only way to achieve results is to collaborate.

On behalf of the City of Midway, I want to thank every person who has dedicated their time for the betterment of all, and I encourage even more to join a local movement that these good folks have started.

Fire Hydrant Flushing

The Midway Water Works Department will be flushing fire hydrants on Monday, Oct. 23, through Friday, Oct. 27, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing through 4 p.m.

This operation involves simultaneously opening several fire hydrants in an area to create increased water flows. This is necessary to clean the distribution system of any mineral deposits and sediment that may have built up in the mains.

It is possible that residents may notice cloudy tap water, but the cloudiness should pass in a short time, and the water is safe to drink. The water should be allowed to clear before residents do laundry. The City of Midway is not responsible for laundry being damaged during the hydrant-flushing period.

For more information, contact City Hall at 846-4413.

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