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Staying The Course: A Runner's Toughest Race Paperback – July 19, 2004
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I picked up my copy at the Boston Marathon Expo this year (my first marathon). Dick Beardsley was there and signing copies including mine. He didn't just sign it, but he wrote a personal message in every single one. Took the time to talk to everyone, asked me about my marathon coming up, etc. For several minutes.
So I figured, "OK, he's a nice guy but his book is probably not going to be memorable." But it was. The man thoroughly loved running from the beginning like few people ever do. It fires you up to hear him talk about it. Yes he was talented, but he did an amazing amount of work because he just plain loved it. He simply trained himself to world class level.
My favorite part was how he got shoe company sponsorship. At the time (around 1980) he was not much of a marathoner compared to the talent this country had (back then he'd "only" done 2:20 - fantastic by my standards but not by theirs, I guess). Still, he simply made his way into a shoe convention that was closed to the public and talked to shoe company reps (giving them his resume) until one of them (New Balance) took a chance to him. And when other companies tried to buy him off after he started doing well, he stayed loyal. Just a straight shooter.
I was there (in Wellesley Hills) for his famous "Duel in the Sun" with Salazar. His description of the race is worth the price alone. At the time he'd done 2:09 but most people didn't know who he was. We all knew about Alberto Salazar and Bill Rodgers, but "Beardsley?" Who was that? Yet here he was, this unknown, taking it right to the best marathoner in the world for the entire race. Never giving an inch.Read more ›
His book is a reflection of his friendly personality and the intensity he brings to whatever he does. He recounts some great anecdotes including how he secured a running sponsership and how he had no choice but to run over a child when he won Grandma's Marathon in 1981. Then he touchingly describes the numerous accidents he experienced, his subsequent addictions to pain pills, and the struggles to overcome them.
Inspiring for both runners and non-runners. Beardsley is the kind of guy who has what it takes to perserve and make bad into good. His book will get you fired up to do so yourself.
I'm not a big reader, but I read this and was rivetted. I challenge anyone, runner or non-runner, to buy this and finish it without being changed a little.
My hat's off to Dick and Mary Beardsley (Mary for sticking it out).
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I had the wonderful opportunity to actually meet Dick Beardsley in person at a race in Springfield, Mo. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by donna carter
Wonderful story told in a humble and motivating way! He overcame many challenges - leaves the reader thinking..."and all I have to do is to get off the couch".Published on May 3, 2013 by Kevin Q
Dick Beardsley exemplifies courage and endurance. He is a great champion as a runner and as a humanitarian. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by A. T. Murray
Dick Beardsley was an incredible comet on the marathon scene in the early 1980s that came out of a small town in north midwest and suddenly was a world class marathoner. Read morePublished on April 10, 2010 by Daniel Hurley
Yessiree, I give it 5 stars as a running book. I was finding I was docking some books and CDs; because I approached it like, is it perfect enough to get the highest rating like a... Read morePublished on February 11, 2007 by Tom Plum
I have heard Dick Beardsley speak and he is awesome. I purchased his book to give for gifts at Christmas time. Read morePublished on January 23, 2007 by KellyJBail
My husband is a marathon runner & enjoys reading. We have met Dick Bearsley when we ran the Detroit Lakes Half marathon. My husband really enjoyed this book. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Kathleen J. Milbeck