Dick Beardsley, winner of both marathons, will be in Napa this year.
On March 6, a sold-out crowd of 2,400 runners will compete in the 33rd Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon. Organizers of the race have decided to make the theme of this year’s race “All Things Boston” in honor of the 115th running of the Boston Marathon in April.
Though the marathons are on opposite coasts, there are strong ties between the two races.
One link between the two is the great marathoner of the 1980s, Dick Beardsley. He won the 1982 Boston Marathon–the famous “Duel in the Sun”–in a closely contested race against Alberto Salazar.
Beardsley went on to set the Napa Valley Marathon’s course record in 2:16:30.
That mark still stands today.
Beardsley will be competing in this year’s Napa race. “Among my eighty-some marathons, I’ve run Napa more times than any other, around seven times,” he said. “And, I’ve said this for years — my two favorite races in the world are Napa and Grandma’s marathons. Of course, Boston is right there, too.”
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