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Then And Now
“I’m still a huge fan of it but I’m so old school,” Beardsley says. “I was disappointed that they moved up the traditional noon starting time to earlier in the morning. I love the fact that they bring in top athletes from around the world, pay good appearance fees, have decent prize money, and they treat the elites like they deserve to be treated just like any other sports professionals.”
Beardsley himself has retained that mental determination and ability to inspire on and off the marathon course.
“I had a terrible farm accident on my Minnesota farm back in 1989 and got all torn-up and had numerous surgeries,” Beardsley says. “After that, I was in a bad car accident, fell off a cliff, and more. I had many, many surgeries to put me back together.”
Later overcoming a pain medication addiction, Beardsley has now been sober for more than 16 years. He still runs, is a motivational speaker and, along with his wife Jill, founded the Dick Beardsley Foundation.
While guts and mental toughness may not be defined, take notes from this distance running great — a God of the Boston Marathon — and apply them to make your own race legendary.
About The Author:
Caitlin Chock set the then national high school 5K record of 15:52.88 in 2004. Now a freelance writer and artist she writes about all things running and designs her own line of running shirts. You can read more, see her running comics, and her shirts at her website.