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Staying the Course: a Runner's Toughest Race

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For a moment Dick Beardsley became the most famous runner in the world by losing a race. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in one of the most memorable contests in marathon history. Staying the Course recounts that race and the difficult years that followed, including his recovery from a near-fatal farm accident, his subsequent addiction to painkillers, and a public arrest for forging prescriptions. His story of overcoming obstacles speaks to anyone who loves competition, who has survived catastrophe, or who has pursued a seemingly impossible goal.

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Author Dick Beardsley narrowly lost the 1982 Boston Marathon, finishing two seconds behind world record holder Alberto Salazar. Here with writer and radio journalist Anderson, he places that race at the center of his memoir of his years as a marathon runner. He recounts how he got involved in the sport, describes the events of the race, and reflects on the difficult years that followed, marred by a near-fatal accident and a subsequent addiction to painkillers. This is a paperbound edition of a work that first appeared in 2002.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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For a moment Dick Beardsley became the most famous runner in the world by losing a race. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in one of the most memorable contests in marathon history. Staying the Course recounts that race and the difficult years that followed, including his recovery from a near-fatal farm accident, his subsequent addiction to painkillers, and a public arrest for forging prescriptions. His story of overcoming obstacles speaks to anyone who loves competition, who has survived catastrophe, or who has pursued a seemingly impossible goal.

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The gripping memoir of a record-holding marathoner - now in paperback!

About the Author

Dick Beardsley is a professional speaker, fishing guide, and radio announcer. He still holds the records for Grandma's Marathon in Duluth and the Napa Valley Marathon. Maureen Anderson is a writer and award-winning radio journalist. She is coauthor with Jon Hovde of Left for Dead: A Second Life after Vietnam (Minnesota, 2005).

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgements Introduction My Kind of Sport Getting My Hopes Up The Road to Boston The Boston Marathon A Change of Pace An Accident Happening The Toughest Race The Road to Recovery

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816637591
Author:
Beardsley, Dick
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Author:
Anderson, Maureen
Subject:
Running & Jogging
Subject:
Track & Field
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 5.88 x 0.7 in

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For a moment Dick Beardsley became the most famous runner in the world by losing a race. In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in one of the most memorable contests in marathon history. Staying the Course recounts that race and the difficult years that followed, including his recovery from a near-fatal farm accident, his subsequent addiction to painkillers, and a public arrest for forging prescriptions. His story of overcoming obstacles speaks to anyone who loves competition, who has survived catastrophe, or who has pursued a seemingly impossible goal.
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The gripping memoir of a record-holding marathoner - now in paperback!
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