In light of the recent incident at the 2013 Boston Marathon, I thought the best way to honor the runners and the event would be to discuss the story of the 1982 race. The 1982 Boston Marathon was at that time, the closest in it’s history. You can watch The race as it happened here. Near the end, the second place runner, Dick Beardsley tries his best to pass the leader, world record holder Alberto Salazar, when he has to deal with a motorcycle of all things! As Beardsley raced Salazar toward the finish-line, after 26 miles. He was forced to overcome, one last, unexpected obstacle. The police motorcycle that was “escorting” the winner. As my dad always said, “life isn’t always fair”.
Dick Beardsley recounts this race in a book called Staying the Course where he describes how Beardsley became a celebrity but also suffered greatly in the years following the race. He recovered from a near-fatal farm accident, addiction issues ending in a arrest for forging prescriptions. It is a fascinating story after the story. To hear Dick Beardsley Speaking about his race watch the video.
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Back to this years Boston Marathon. Death and destruction is always horrible. That is why I am a pacifistic. Please, let’s not have this incident lead to even further death and destruction. Be critical of what you read or hear. Don’t jump to conclusions. And most of all, let’s find out why this happened and remove the causes, motivations and incentives.