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Meadway swimming, biking and running to win

Former Seaside athlete has newfound career
By Gary Henley

The Daily Astorian

Published on August 25, 2017 1:12PM

Ginny Soller Meadway runs in the “Hotlanta” marathon last year in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Ginny Soller Meadway runs in the “Hotlanta” marathon last year in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ginny Soller Meadway, third from right, following her latest win, last Saturday at Lake Meridian.

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Ginny Soller Meadway, third from right, following her latest win, last Saturday at Lake Meridian.

Ginny Meadway picks up her bib number for the 2017 Boston Marathon last spring.

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Ginny Meadway picks up her bib number for the 2017 Boston Marathon last spring.

The top spot on the awards stand — a familiar place for Seaside High School grad Ginny Soller Meadway.

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The top spot on the awards stand — a familiar place for Seaside High School grad Ginny Soller Meadway.


At Seaside High School, her big sports were soccer, basketball and track.

Now, Ginny Soller Meadway is winning awards for swimming, biking and running, and usually all on the same day.

The former Seagull star took up marathons, half-marathons and triathlons last year, and has taken to triathlons like … well, a gull to water.

“I started triathlons last year,” said Meadway, who now lives in Seattle. “My husband thought it would be a good idea to do all three sports instead of just running. Little did he know how expensive the triathlon world is.”

Meadway has competed in events from the East Coast to the West, from Canada to the southern U.S., and recently came up big in the eighth annual Lake Meridian Triathlon Saturday, Aug. 12, in Kent, Washington.

Out of 78 females entered in the “Olympic Wave” triathlon (nearly 32 total miles of competition), Meadway finished first in a total time of two hours, 23 minutes, 11.1 seconds.

Meadway, 35, completed the 1,500-meter swim in 27:00.1. She had the best time in the bike portion (1:09:32.3, over 24.8 miles), and the second-best time in the 6.2-mile run (43:55.0).

Second place overall was Kari Vreugdenhil, in 2:23:52.8.

“It’s an all-out sprint, plus endurance distance,” she said of her most recent event. “You need both. I have done two 70.3 (mile) Ironmans this summer. I placed on my second in Canada, which is the biggest accomplishment of my racing so far.”

In one of her most impressive finishes, Meadway was the first female finisher (and second overall, men and women) in the Jailhouse 5K run in Hampton, Georgia. Out of 357 finishers, she crossed the finish line in 20:27, second behind Tom Dillard (18:51). Meadway was also the fourth female finisher in the 2016 Hotlanta Half-Marathon in Atlanta.

In a return to the North Coast last spring, she took first in the Astoria Run on the River Half-Marathon, in 1:31.34; and in “Ironman 70.3,” July 30 in Whistler, British Columbia, she finished fourth in her age group (and 16th overall female).

Meadway ran in her biggest event April 17, taking part in the Boston Marathon, which she completed in 3:22.44.

Up next for Meadway is the “Full Ironman” competition in the annual Coeur d’Alene Ironman event, Aug. 27 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

It’s a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run, said Meadway, a former sprinter and pole vaulter in her days at Seaside High School (she still owns the third-best pole vault mark, 9-6, in school history).

Of her new career in triathlons and marathons, Meadway has “podiumed” or come in first in almost every race she has entered the last two years.

“I freakin’ love it,” she said.







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