watched his 1982 Boston Marathon race on YouTube, and then one fine morning in February 2015 I actually ran with him. Yes, me! I ran with Dick Beardsley, a 2:08:53 marathoner. How often do you get to do that?
He even signed my shirt! Woohoo!
Dick Beardsley, a farm boy from Minnesota, was neck-and-neck against the world record holder Alberto Salazar, during the 1982 Boston Marathon, a race now known in running history as the “Duel in the Sun”. Both broke the American and Boston Marathon records that day, with Dick clocking in his personal record of 2:08:53, just TWO SECONDS behind Alberto.
Watch this 9-minute video of the race:
That was exciting, wasn’t it? Ok, now, would you like to hear the story behind it from the man himself? Please don’t fail to watch the video below recorded by my good friend Louie Cruz. This was taken after the run session with Dick in Alabang. It’s powerful and inspiring.
I am happy that Coach Jim Lafferty invited Dick Beardsley to the Philippines. And I am thrilled that Dick agreed to an initial 11-week contract with the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). He is now helping our athletes prepare for the upcoming SEA Games in Singapore.
What a great and humble man.
Thank you Dick for sharing your wealth of experience as a distance runner to us. I am inspired.