Monday, March 15, 2010

2010 Team: Kevin Betts

Kevin Betts

Brief Biography

Been running competitively since 8th grade. AL State Champ in the 1600 m and runner-up in the 800 m (Class 5A for Eufaula High School). Ran cross country and indoor/outdoor track for 4 years in college at Georgia Tech; captain of the cross country team my junior and senior year. First team GTE Academic All-American for outdoor track in 1999; second team in 1998.

Married to Tonia Betts (also ran for Georgia Tech) and have three wonderful daughters (Sage, Autumn, and Rose). Currently working at SAIC as engineering director for the Space System Development Division for various NASA and DoD programs. Board member for our church (UUCH) and also teach Sunday School in our Religious Education program.

Short Term Goals

Would like to break 17 minutes for 5K and 35 minutes for 10K in the next 1-2 years. Also would like to race a few local triathlons for a change of pace.

Long Term Goals

Continue enjoying running and racing and remain injury free to the best of my ability. Give back to running community as an assistant coach with one of the local high schools as well as becoming more involved with track club activities as our children grow older. Run a couple of the major marathons that I haven't been to (Chicago and New York).

Personal Records
  • 800m - 1:59:00 at AL State Meet 1995 on 05/01/95 at age 17
  • 1500m - 3:59:00 at Georgia Tech Invitational on 06/14/99 at age 21
  • 1 Mi - 4:21:00 at Kentucky Indoor Classic on 02/01/99 at age 21
  • 2 Mi - 9:17:00 at ACC Indoor Championshiop on 02/14/99 at age 21
  • 5 km - 15:19:00 at Southern Illinois Indoor Classic on 01/15/98 at age 20
  • 5 Mi - 25:37:00 at Tuscaloosa Classic on 10/15/97 at age 20
  • 10 km - 32:41:00 at Southeastern District XC Championships on 11/15/97 at age 20
  • 13.1 Mi - 1:19:45 at Huntsville Half Marathon on 11/01/05 at age 28
  • 26.2 Mi - 2:54:52 at Rocket City Marathon on 12/14/09 at age 32

I try to encourage runners of all ages and abilities, and do my best to present running as a lifelong activity that is a great way to stay in shape, meet other committed people, and as an important part of a balanced lifestyle. I do my best to train hard and race well in the local events that I enter, and I try to look at competition as a chance for all of us to help each other do our best on that given day, rather than in a more adversarial light.