Reliving Boston’s Duel In The Sun

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 16, 2012
Alberto Salazar leads in the famous 1982 edition of the Boston Marathon. Photo: Here and Now

The Salazar-Beardsley contest celebrates its 30th anniversary.

With the heat on its way to Boston this morning, many runners are thinking back to the famous “Duel in the Sun” that took place 30 years ago.

In that edition of the Boston Marathon, Alberto Salazar prevailed against Dick Beardsley after a fierce battle that lasted all the way to the finish line.

“From 17 to 21 miles I threw everything I had at him and couldn’t shake him,” recalls Beardsley, who came into the race as the underdog. “Of all the runners that I’ve raced against in my life, there wasn’t anyone as tenacious as he [Salazaar] was.”

The two runners had established themselves as the clear favorites going into mile 17 and then fought for the win for the next nine miles.

Beardsley ended up losing to Salazar thanks, in part,  to a hamstring problem.

“I remember I stepped on a pot hole near the Eliot Lounge and it popped it out,” Beardsley said of his hamstring. “I got my stride back. Then it came down to basically a little over a 100-meter sprint.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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