But, no, he was taking them all himself — about 80 to 90 pills a day. The jig was up on Sept. Beardsley flushed, instantly aware of what would happen next. After a pause, the pharmacist came out from behind the counter, took Beardsley by the arm and steered him down an aisle where there were no customers. The agents had evidence that Beardsley had written prescriptions for more than 3, pills in the month of August alone.
No Matter How High Your Mountain Is, Never, Ever Give Up- Dick Beardsley
History | Dick Beardsley Marathon
Beardsley crossed the finish line two seconds behind Alberto Salazar, with whom he ran step-in-step for the entire In the last 45 metres, he pulled ahead of Salazar. He could feel the win. Then his hamstring popped. The pain was blinding. Salazar passed him.
Marathon on Sunday: famous second-place Boston finish taught runner to dig deep
Dick Beardsley is best known for the close finish at the Boston Marathon with Alberto Salazar in , which was considered the greatest marathon finish of all time. Shortly after Dick retired from running, he had a bad farming accident that nearly killed him. As a result of that incident and a later automobile accident, he was introduced to narcotics for pain and became addicted. For a short time, his life was not his own, he was taking illegal medication, forging prescriptions and at the worst point was taking pills a day. At his very bottom, he got caught — he took responsibility for his actions, got into a treatment plan, and today is celebrating 19 years of sobriety.
Dick Beardsley is a compelling motivational and inspirational keynote speaker at Fortune companies, non-profit organizations, conferences, conventions, corporate events, fundraisers, galas, sporting events, prisons, schools, and drug treatment centers. Dick is referred to as a running legend in the United States and is best known for his incredible race in the Boston Marathon. He was at the height of his professional running career. While using an auger to lift corn into a bin on his Minnesota farm, Dick became entangled in the machine as it literally began to tear him apart. Not expected to live or walk—much less ever run again—he managed to survive.