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Dick Beardsley

Dick Beardsley became world-famous as the second-place finisher in the 1982 Boston Marathon, a memorable contest known as the “Duel in the Sun.” His book, Staying the Course, recounts that race and the challenges that followed, including a series of near-fatal accidents and a subsequent addiction to painkillers. As a motivational and inspirational speaker, Beardsley now shares his experiences of overcoming these and other tragedies with audiences worldwide.

Featured Book: Staying the Course: A Runner’s Toughest Race



  • Friday, Sept. 23 @ 2:30 p.m. – Staying the Course: Overcoming Adversity SDSU, Briggs Library Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, Brookings· 
  • Friday, Sept. 23 @ 3:30 p.m.Author Signing Event– Oscar Larson PAC, Room 140
  • Friday, Sept. 23 @ 7:00 p.m. – Reflections on 60 Years of the Jack 15 Road Race South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings

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