2012 Boston Marathon

Monday, April 16, 2012


Join Dick Beardsley and the Dick Beardsley Foundation team in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the "Duel in the Sun".  For a brief moment in the early '80s Dick became the most famous runner / athlete in the world - by losing a race. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, later dubbed the "Duel in the Sun", Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off near the end, finished 1.6 seconds behind Alberto Salazar in a race often called one of the most memorable in marathon history. It was the closest finish ever at the world's premier marathon, and both runners broke the course and the American records.

Dick and his team are running the 2012 Boston Marathon in hopes of raising $100,000 to assist those suffering from chemical dependency who are unable to pay for a 12 Step treatment program, receive the treatment they need.  The funds will also enable Dick to speak to our youth in schools and treatment centers across the world about leading a healthy, active lifestyle chemically free. 

It's going to be a great year!  Dick is running with not one, but two knee replacements and fingers crossed, he is running competitively again, 30 years later.  As Dick says, "Now when I say competitively, I mean competitively for my age group, I can't even dream 2:08 anymore, but I still love to run, just as I did when I started, over 35 years ago"