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Through faith and sport Tim Hayse and Lucas McCain first met on the King College campus
to work a basketball camp held in the summer of 1999. They later became teammates
over the next three years but reconnected well after their playing days. Leave it
to sport as its reason.
Following their graduation from King, both men ventured off in different directions
to start families and careers. They both also took up another activity that would
later reunite them in the most unlikely of scenarios.
Hayse and McCain stayed in touch loosely over the years following their graduation.
Both started looking for more ways to stay active and healthy. McCain gave triathlon
a shot in 2005 after his father encouraged him to try it out. Hayse decided to try
triathlon in 2008 without any knowledge of McCain’s participation in the sport. They
“I remember racing in the fall of 2009 at Fall Creek Falls State Park,” McCain said.
“It was hot and I was hurting on the run. Then I heard someone shout, ‘Go get ‘em
Luke.’ I was shocked because I absolutely knew the voice, but it had been a few years
since I’d heard it.”
Even though the men live more than 1,000 miles apart, turns out Hayse was competing
as well. The two reconnected after the race, and they have met at several races across
the country since then.
McCain and Hayse competed at the Ironman Wisconsin in Madison in September 2012.
Both men showed great determination and completed the grueling race which consisted
of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bicycle ride, and a full 26.2 mile marathon run, which
included a loop to the field of Camp Randall Stadium, home of Wisconsin Badgers Football.
McCain finished with a time of 10 hours, 51 minutes, and 58 seconds to place 33rd in his division. Hayse came in with a clip of 12:30:04.
Hayse credits triathlon as being more than just a hobby. “Triathlon has been way
more than a sport to me,” he said. “It has been an inroad into my community, a place
for solitude, competition, fun, and travel. It has enabled a healthy lifestyle that
has had ripple effects into every area of my life.”
McCain graduated from King in 2003 with a B.A. in History though pursued a technological
career where he worked for Health Care Corporation of America. In 2010, Lucas moved
to Boulder, Colo. to run a tech start-up in the endurance sports industry. He also
is part owner and editor of 303 Triathlon News.
After a great career as a student, athlete, and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes
leader, Hayse graduated from King in 2002. After graduation, he married outstanding
King volleyball player, Robin Vadney (’02), and they moved back to their home state
of Florida. The couple returned to Tennessee where Tim is the Assistant Pastor at
the Northshore Fellowship Church in Chattanooga. They have three children, Noah,
Anna, and Avery.
Hayse and McCain continue to keep in touch despite their busy lives, talking about
training schedules, life, and their fond King memories. Both know their involvement
in the demanding sport has grown into a sustainable, healthy lifestyle and a way to