Midland Amateur Sports Capital Committee

Beth (Huff) Bedford is an outstanding runner and ice speed skater. As a young girl she started running for the Midland Fleet Feet Track Club from 1970 - 74 and won more than 12 state age group championships while competing in the AAU.

During her high school years the Huff family moved several times. While running for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School in 1978, she won the Division 1 Michigan Cross Country State Championship. This was the first MHSAA sanctioned XC championship held for women after the passage of the Title IX Amendment. In 1979, Bedford moved to Janesville, Wisconsin where she attended Craig High School and won the Division 1 Wisconsin Two-Mile State Championship.

As an avid collegiate track and cross country competitor, Bedford ran for the University of Tennessee, was an All-South Eastern Conference runner and set a new school record in the 10,000 meter run in 1982. This allowed her to compete in the finals of the Division 1 NCAA 10,000 meter race that same year. She was a three year varsity member of the U of T Track and Field, and Cross Country teams.

Bedford started skating for the Midland Speed Skating Club and later in high school for the Detroit based Wolverine Speed Skating Club. After moving back to Midland in 1991, Bedford renewed her skating career and has achieved numerous national and state titles and championships spanning from 1992 - 2003. She holds seven national short track records: two in the 3,000 meter; and one each for the 1,500 meter; the 1,000 meter; and the 500 meter races. In long track racing, Bedford is the reigning national champion and record holder in the 25K and 50K marathon competitions. She also won the International Master Women’s Championship in 2000.

Bedford is the coach of the Midland Speed Skating Club. Under her direction and dedication she has helped produce many National and North American speed skating champions.