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Running legend Beardsley is 'Healthy Bodies Healthy Business' speaker April 24 & 26

 

Running legend, inspirational speaker, and international best-selling author, Dick Beardsley, will be the featured speaker as part of the “Healthy Bodies Healthy Business” eight-week wellness series. ‘Healthy Bodies Healthy Business’ is a collaboration between the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University and Regional Health.  The first presentation will take place Tuesday, April 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Spearfish at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, room #206 on the BHSU campus. The second session will be held Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House, 224 Elk St.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, in collaboration with Regional Health, will feature running legend, inspirational speaker, and international best-selling author, Dick Beardsley, as part of the “Healthy Bodies Healthy Business” eight-week wellness series.

The first presentation will take place Tuesday, April 24 from noon to 1 p.m. in Spearfish at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, room #206 on the BHSU campus. The second session will be held Thursday, April 26 from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House, 224 Elk St.

The presentation, "Dick Beardsley: An Unlikely Story" tells of his compelling journey of overcoming life’s obstacles and demonstrates the value of what can be learned along the way. His life is the subject of a feature film, entitled “Against the Wind.” Beardsley is best known for his race in the 1982 Boston Marathon where he battled world record holder Alberto Salazar down to the finish line. Both broke the American record in the race dubbed “Duel in the Sun,” but Salazar won with Beardsley two seconds behind.

In November 1989, Beardsley was involved in an unfortunate farming accident. Not expected to live or walk, much less ever run again, he managed to survive. During the next few years, Beardsley was involved in a severe car accident, hit by a truck while running, rolled his vehicle in a snowstorm, fell off of a cliff while hiking, and overcame an addiction to pain killers.

Cost for the “Healthy Bodies Healthy Business” sessions is $10 per session, with a discount rate for participation in the seven remaining sessions. Those wishing to attend can register for one, all, or any combination of the sessions. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, including speaker information, eight-session package prices, and/or registration information, visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO, or call Brittni Skipper at (605) 642-6435. Information about an upcoming SD CEO 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk is also available on the web site or by calling the above number.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 110 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s women’s business funding. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.

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