Louis Beadle dies at 82; beloved SoCal middle-distance runner
Louis Beadle, a longtime masters runner beloved in Southern California, died this week at age 82, according to friends and his track club, the Southern California Striders. Club president Brenda Matthews shared the news with members this morning: “It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of Louis Beadle …. (who) represented the Southern California Striders always with honor and dignity. … Please join me in offering the Beadle family our condolences. … Note: The family has not shared memorial services or funeral arrangements. ” Louis competed as recently as June 2010, when he ran 400 meters at the California Senior Games in Pasadena. His surviviors include his loyal trackgoing wife, Doris, and son, Ron. Brenda included an article.
The 2005 piece on Louise Beadle:
Runner Louis Beadle of Pasadena, in the 75 to 79 age group, will compete in the 400 meter, and the 200 meter. BeadleвЂ™s fastest time for the 400 meter is 78 seconds, and for the 200 meter, 31.6 seconds.
In 1994 Beadle competed in the 800 meter National Masters Championships.
Beadle began running at Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles. In his sophomore year he set the school record for the three-quarter mile, 3 minutes, 20 seconds. In his junior year he held the record for the fourth fastest time in nation for running the mile, 4 minutes, 30 seconds, this was in 1944.
Encouraged by his son, Beadle became involved in the Pasadena Senior Olympics after fifty years of absence from running. Beadle says that the foremost reason that he runs is because he loves it, and that it is good for his health. He says вЂњIt forces me to keep my body in shape, for me it is a win-win situation.вЂќ Beadle should know because he has had two knee surgeries, and competed in many races using the support of a knee brace, although this year Beadle will compete without a brace.
Beadle also says that for an older adult is it important to keep moving. He reflects back on the way he would treat a running injuries, he says that he would stop training until he was better. One day a friend told him to stop вЂњbabyingвЂќ his injury, and to keep moving. Beadle considers what world-class runner
Payton Jordan used to say вЂњrun through your injuries.вЂќ Beadle says even if youвЂ™re not feeling 100 percent, there is always something that you can do.