Grandma’s Marathon course record holder Dick Beardsley, who grew up in Wayzata, Minn., and now resides in Austin, Texas, will be inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame on Saturday in Utica, N.Y.
Beardsley, 54, is legendary for his running in the early 1980s, including winning Grandma’s in 1981 (in 2:09:37) and 1982, and highlighted by a duel with Alberto Salazar in the 1982 Boston Marathon, finishing second by two seconds in 2:08:53. He broke his personal best time in 11 straight marathons and was among the world’s best marathoners for a brief, shining time.
He’s now a motivational speaker, drawing on his life for amazingly good stories, mostly about making comebacks from physical setbacks. He’s still running, still upbeat and still willing his body to go forward. He was a guest speaker and radio play-by-play commentator at the 2010 Grandma’s Marathon on June 19 and in the three weeks since has had two surgeries — a plate and screws were inserted in his back to stabilize his spine and Tuesday had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus. He had total replacement of his right knee in January of 2009. Oh, and he’d like to run the 35th Grandma’s Marathon in 2011.
Also being inducted Saturday is Miki Gorman, the only woman to win the Boston and New York City marathons twice. She won Boston in 1974 and 1977 and New York City in back-to-back years in 1976 and 1977. Gorman, 75, was born in occupied China in 1935, grew up in Tokyo, moved to the United States at age 28 and now lives in Los Angeles.
She wrote a biographical piece for the New York Times in 2005, very interesting, which is here.