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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816637591
ISBN-10: 0816637598
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 157mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dick Beardsley

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).