Triumph, Tragedy, Tranquility
Distance Running Legend, Dick Beardsley, is an America hero, having won a string of marathons in the early 1980s, including the London Marathon in 1981 and Grandma's Marathon in both 1981 and 1982. He's most famous ironically, though, for losing a marathon: The infamous "Duel in the Sun" 1982 Boston Marathon, where he and Alberto Salazar went step for step for 26.2 Miles. It was a colossal race finish that left an indelible imprint on the minds and hearts of running fans forever, truly illustrating the depths of competition and racing with all your heart until the very last step.
A Hero's Journey is never complete, however, without adversity and tragedy. Dick speaks openly about multiple accidents that left him physically broken and addicted to pain killers for many years. He also talks about the recent loss of his son and the strong faith that he credits for his abounding positive attitude in the face of despair.
His days of competitive running may be over, but these days, he and his wife, Jill, run their own daily marathon as owners of Lake Bemidji Bed and Breakfast and the Dick Beardsley Fishing Guide Service in Bemidji, Minnesota. Together, they have found purpose, happiness and tranquility.
This is a conversation about believing in yourself, following your dreams, holding your loved ones close, and never giving up hope.
Thank you, Dick and Jill
Theme Music: "Aitech"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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