That Was Then
Dick Beardsley started running cross country in high school when he realized football wasn’t for him. He ran in college as well, but didn’t hit his stride until he ran his first marathon in 1977, finishing with a time of 2:47:14. He eventually lowered his time to 2:08:53, making him the third fastest American-born runner at the marathon distance. He ran the famous 1982 Boston Marathon “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar, officially retiring in 1988. He now is an author, speaker and has an online coaching program. Beardsley continues to run and was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2010.