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Duel in the sun : Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and America's greatest marath
John Brant
Adult Nonfiction GV1061.14 .B73 2006

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In 1982, Alberto Salazar and Dick Beardsley ran the entire 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon neck and neck, finishing within two seconds of each other. For both, it was the pinnacle of a running career cut short, for Salazar because of a mysterious malaise, and for Beardsley because of a drug addiction that developed after a farm accident. Brant, a Runner's World writer, weaves the tension of the race into the story of the decline of both runners. He's clearly a running enthusiast; few others would write of the race as "one of the signature moments in the history of distance running-perhaps, in the history of any sport." The story is sad yet triumphant; despite the end of serious running careers, both men made successes of their lives. Brant tells their tales reverently; his style creates distance instead of allowing readers into the runners' heads. While Brant's writing tends to be unfocused and melodramatic (when describing the women watching the marathon, he writes that they sounded "like Zulu women ululating on the hot road to Durban, raging gleeful keening"), runners especially will enjoy the suspense of the race. B&w photo insert. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The best sports books capture a moment in time. They convey the spirit and hearts of the competitors. They pull you into the event, and its importance becomes vividly clear. Brant, contributing editor to Outside and Runner's World magazines, does all that in this remarkable dual biography of a pair of famous runners who came from very different backgrounds. Interspersed within the description of their fateful Boston Marathon of 1983 are chapters describing each man's journey to that event and what happened to him in the years since. After that time, Dick Beardsley overcame an addiction to pain medication and became a business owner and TV personality in Minnesota. Alberto Salazar, who was diagnosed with long-term asthma, spent years trying to regain his spot atop the marathon elite but never could. Instead he found spiritual awakening in a Croatian village to which he had gone in search of divine healing. In the end, Beardsley and Salazar became friends. Highly recommended for collections on the heyday of running in the United States, as well as public libraries with local interest, and all academic libraries with sports history collections.-Todd Spires, Bradley Univ., Peoria, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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