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Senior Times - May 2019
Bring your own
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Festival Market Square in Downtown Battle Creek
Enjoy a piece of the Hispanic heritage from food to activities and music at the Cinco de Mayo Festival, brought to you by Miles for Memories. Food and beverage vendors on site as well as craft vendors.
Fun and learning for the whole family. Games for the kids, dancing, rock painting, Zumba, and so much more. Enjoy several bands including Mariachi El Charro Del Norte, La Mana Nueva, and Los Sanchez.
For more information call Sharon Zapata (269) 986-5086 or visit Miles for Memories on Facebook.
By: Gale Fischer
"Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who never give up."
Munich Olympic Games. "This is
what hooked me. The next day I went and ran around our big block in Sault Ste. Marie." This big block was only
a half mile and by the time Kevin fin- ished this loop he was out of breath and red in the face. Kevin would build his endurance with a slow methodical approach."I kept doing this until it became comfortable and then I would run twice around." Kevin kept building from there, increasing his endurance and speed as he went.
There are many ways in which run- ning can provide for its participants. For some, competing at a high level can serve as a form of self-confidence that can spill into other areas of life. Others gain some of the most positive friendships they have ever had through running. Many latch on to the physical, mental, and emotional health benefits of running. Whatever one's motives
Kevin would compete in his first marathon in 1981 with a finishing time of two hours and forty six minutes. "In 1987 at age of thirty I ran a 2:43 at the Columbus marathon, good enough for only a twelfth place finish in my age group." Kevin ran his first Boston Marathon in 1998.
for running, it can be easy to take for granted the opportunity to participate for weeks, months, and years at a time without interruption.
One of Battle Creek's most recog- nized runners, Kevin Rabineau, has been blessed as a runner for more
than forty years, reaping the rewards that have come with it. He had been fortunate enough to run without an extended layoff for much of his life- time. Thoughts of his passion being ripped away from him never entered his psyche. Not only did he identify him- self as a runner but family members, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues have also labeled him as such for the last four decades. It's not that Kevin conveyed an attitude that nothing could take running away from him, but there was never a sense of urgency for him to savor every run as though it might be his last run.
Early on as a runner Kevin self educated himself on the physiology
and training methods of running by reading issues of Runner's World and Running Times from cover to cover. Kevin coached himself, learning from his successes and mistakes alike. As Kevin began to experience success as a runner, his thirst for knowledge about how to perform at the highest level introduced him to a major transition
in his life. He and his family packed
up and moved from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to student housing in Mount Pleasant. Kevin spent the next thirty three years working at the collegiate level as an administrator and coach. "I coached men's cross country at Lake Superior State in 1986 and 1987. Later I spent 12 years coaching cross coun- try and five years coaching track at Olivet." He’s come a long way from the Converse All Stars he was running in during 1972.
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This would change however a few years ago. A medical diagnosis and
an impending surgery quickly placed Kevin in a precarious position, one he had never experienced. In one brief conversation with his doctor, Kevin was knocked from a feeling of being invin- cible, that had been deeply rooted in his soul for years, to a feeling of vulner- ability. Not only was Kevin fearful of losing his go to activity, he also worried that the network of friendships he had created through running was at risk as well.
Like many competitive runners, the aging process can be hard to deal with. One realizes that the speed of young legs will decrease through the years but accepting this is not always easy. Although slowing down has been an unavoidable process, the endurance has not faded.
Kevin's journey into running began at the age of fifteen while sitting in front of his television watching Frank Shorter win the marathon at the 1972
"Seeing speed decline has been difficult but I do feel that I can run as far now as I ever have. At a cer- tain point I realized I had to be sat- isfied at my ability to compete with others in my age group and to be the best I can be at any given time and not be competitive with younger peo- ple. Life is a marathon not a sprint." Kevin Rabineau
For forty some years, running had been a huge part of Kevin's life. It had been his go to activity, giving him a sense of belonging to a community of those who shared his passion. It gave
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