The inspirational, long distance runner, Dick Beardsley will deliver a presentation, Dick Beardsley:  An Unlikely Story on Wednesday, April 25, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 305 on the Black Hills State University campus. 


Beardsley is not only an international best-selling author, but he is one of the world’s most extraordinary, respected, and compelling motivational/inspirational speakers. He is also the subject of a feature film, entitled Against the Wind


Beardsley’s life reads like a Greek tragedy with an upbeat ending.  His running career began in a tiny farming community west of Minneapolis, Minn. He ran his first marathon in 2:47:14 and in subsequent marathons he steadily lowered his times. His running success peaked at the Boston Marathon in 1982, with the famous “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar.  Later on, due to an injury and operations, he took a break from competitive marathoning to build his dairy farm and his fishing guide business. 


Unfortunately, due to a traumatic accident, Beardsley spent considerable time recuperating while continuing to work on the farm and even to hobble through an occasional run. Due to additional operations, he suffered a litany of disasters.  Fortunately, he persevered, but at a price.  His compelling journey will be told as he shares his “unlikely story” with his audience.


Quoting from a spokesperson for the Chicago Tri Club, “…Dick has a way of making me laugh and cry my eyes out all at once, all while inspiring me to immediately sign up for my next challenge! He has an amazing ability to reach each and every person in his audience - whether they've run two dozen marathons or haven't an athletic fiber in their body, each and every person walks out of his talk inspired to be great. His honesty and simple humanness makes him one of the greatest.  I can't wait to hear him again.”     

The presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the College of Business and Natural Sciences, the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity, and BHSU Athletics. For more information on Beardsley’s presentation, call the College of Business and Natural Sciences at 642-6212.  Persons who need special accommodations for this event should call this number 24 hours prior to the event.