Elite runners in town for Wine Country Half Marathon

Dick Beardsley

Dick Beardsley

World-class runner Dick Beardsley had hoped to kick some serious patootie during this year’s Wine Country Half Marathon, being run this Sunday, July 17.  An unfortunate knee injury last week has sidelined that desire – but only for the time it takes to heal.
Retired now from competitive running, Beardsley is perhaps best remembered by a moment in the early ‘80s when he became the world’s most famous runner – by losing a race.  In the 1982 Boston Marathon, Beardsley, foiled by a motorcycle that cut him off near the end, finished two seconds behind Alberto Salazar in a contest often called one of the most memorable in marathon history. It was the closest finish ever at the world’s premier marathon, and both runners broke the course and the American records.
He is just one of a number of elite runners that will be in town for the race, which begins at Cuvaison Carneros Winery in Napa and ends on the Sonoma Plaza. Beardsley, an international best selling author and motivational speaker, will address runners and other guests at the pre-marathon Race Expo, being held on Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 at Cornerstone (see napa2sonoma.com for more information).  He will also be a guest on SunFM’s Mornings in Sonoma show on Friday at 9 a.m., joined by local marathoner, Janet Cain, who he has coached for years.  Cain will miss the half marathon due to another running commitment – the ultra elite and challenging World Masters Championship Marathon being run in Sacramento on the same day.
For more information, tune into SunFM 91.3 on Friday, July 15 or go to dickbeardsleyfoundation.org.


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