duel in the sun
i got some email from a running site tonight, hyping the new spirit of the marathon movie. as soon as the trailer showed dick beardsley, i clicked off to youtube to see whether anyone had posted his famed '82 boston finish with the great alberto salazar. here 'tis:
dang, i love youtube. see, it looks like they're jogging, but they ran 26 miles in 2:08. you can calibrate the speed by watching the motorcycles. they finished at about a 4:50 pace, running step-for-step for the last 10 miles. mr. salazar takes the lead on commonwealth avenue, but the minnesota farm boy came back to battle the world record-holder at about 6:45 of the clip. how did either of them make a move so late in the race, after pretty much sprinting for two hours? it almost hurts to watch.
i believe that mr. beardsley still holds the course record for grandma's marathon and that he's still ranked with the all-time fastest american marathoners. for his part, mr. salazar helped pace lance armstrong in the bicyclist's first marathon in 2006 and is coaching some young runners to great heights. but nobody runs 'em like this anymore.