Midway News and Views
Midway Chocolate Stroll Just a quick reminder that the Chocolate Stroll is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Walk through Midway’s Historic Main and Gratz streets where each business will have a chocolate treat for you to enjoy. There will also be Valentine’s Day week specials at all stores and restaurants!
Midway University to add swimming Midway University has announced it will add men’s and women’s swimming to its athletic programs with recruitment to begin immediately. “We are excited to announce the addition of men’s and women’s swimming to our intercollegiate programs,” said Vice President of Admissions and Athletics Rusty Kennedy. “Swimming has tremendous potential and I look forward to watching the program grow in the future.” The school will partner with the Versailles-Woodford County Parks and Recreation Department for the use of the Falling Springs Aquatic Center. This builds on an already strong relationship that saw the Midway baseball team call Chandler Field in Versailles their home for the previous three seasons while the university’s on-campus baseball facility was being built. With the addition of swimming, Midway University Athletics will now offer scholarship opportunities in 27 sports beginning next fall.
Midway Views Midway-connected runner to compete in Olympic Trials At the end of this month in Atlanta, Zachary Beavin, from Lexington, who is the buyer and race director for John’s Run/Walk Shop that puts on Midway’s Iron Horse Half Marathon each fall, will line up alongside around 260 other men to compete for a spot in the 2020 Olympic team. Beavin qualified for the 2020 Olympic trials at the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in 2018 with a qualifying time of 2:18:26, according to the CNO Financial Group’s website. The Olympic 2020 men’s marathon standard is 2:19:00. For anyone doing the math, this means that male runners had to average a pace of 5:18 per mile for the entire 26.2 miles of the marathon! For women, the qualifying time was 2:45. According to a 2019 Runners World article, in 2019, the average male runner crossed the finish in 4:22:13 (RunRepeat.com). More women on average run marathons than men, and their average marathon finish time is 5:00:39. In terms of pace, according to RunRepeat, the average pace for a male marathon runner is 10.34 minutes per mile – meaning Zach is twice as fast as the average marathon runner. The average pace for a female runner over 26.2 miles is 11.55 minutes per mile. While sitting down with Zach at the locally owned John’s Run/Walk Shop headquarters in Chevy Chase last week, he shared stories about his running career, and his hopes for the Olympic Trials on Feb. 29. Zach will be heading down for the Trials a few days early before the Saturday’s race to acclimatize, he said. He’s looking forward to running the course, which is challenging and has elevations, but with Zach’s background in high school (he went to St. Xavier in Louisville) and college (Belmont and UK) in track and cross country, he feels the course suits his style. “The top three finishers will qualify for the Olympics at the Trials,” said Beavin. “There are a wide spectrum of age ranges taking part; Bernard Lagat is competing and he’s 44 or so and he’s a freak of nature.” (Lagatt set an American Masters record in the marathon in Australia in 2019 with a 2:12 finish). Beavin is 25 years old. “The whole thrust of my post collegiate running was to qualify for the Olympic Trials and to race well and to my potential,” said Beavin. “My time (in Atlanta) is so dependent on the course and how I feel on the day. But it’s kind of a fun carrot that’s out there to chase because I probably wouldn’t have gone out there and competed as hard as I did in the marathon post collegiately if there wasn’t that carrot out there,” he said. Beavin credits his mom for being an early influence in his running career – she competed in local marathon races with Team In Training – and his high schools years at St. Xavier. “They have a fantastic program. We had state championship teams and I was surrounded by the sport. I got into cross country and from there I was just really lucky to have good coaches and a lot of good influences that took me along the path to developing as a runner. “I am thankful for all my coaches. … Just every step along the way I had good coaches, that had a wide approach to the sport and they had me in a program that challenged us and developed us as runners but also kept in mind that a lot of us were going to run in college. They helped us build a base and train harder in future years,” said Beavin. “In college I ran cross country and track. As a freshman I set the Belmont 10K record,” said Beavin. He then moved to UK to study engineering and further his running career. “The Olympics Trials is a lofty goal for anyone, but with the marathon in particular, you can’t really fake it as far as fitness. In a marathon there’s nowhere to hide. The work you put in is directly related to what you get out,” explained Beavin. “I ran my first marathon in the spring of 2017, the Louisville Derby marathon. I always knew I wanted to run a marathon just because of the type of runner I am,” said Beavin. “I was third and ran a 2:28 and then ran the Indianapolis marathon that fall and ran a 2:21 there and then Boston in spring 2018, and that was the year it monsooned and there were headwinds and it was just impossible to run fast! I was finishing with 2:18 marathon type-finishers but we were all running 2:30 because of the weather.” “Then, fall of 2018 was when I ran 2:18 at Indianapolis again and qualified for the Olympic Trials. I was second there,” said Beavin. “After Indianapolis, I was tired and focused instead on shorter distances over the past year and lowered my PR (personal record) in the half marathon to 1:06 from 1:08.” Part 2 – next week.