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sponsored: #RUNNOVATION – Famous Faces

That Was Then

Dick Beardsley started running cross country in high school when he realized football wasn’t for him. He ran in college as well, but didn’t hit his stride until he ran his first marathon in 1977, finishing with a time of 2:47:14. He eventually lowered his time to 2:08:53, making him the third fastest American-born runner at the marathon distance. He ran the famous 1982 Boston Marathon “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar, officially retiring in 1988. He now is an author, speaker and has an online coaching program. Beardsley continues to run and was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 2010.

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This is Runnovation.

Born in 1986, just two years before Dick Beardsley retired, Jenny Simpson rose to the top at a young age, becoming a five-time state champion in high school track and three-time champion in cross country. She is now a steeplechaser and middle-distance runner, setting the American record in the 3,000 meters and steeplechase. She won the mile and 3,000 meters at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships and the 1,500 meters at the World Championships as well as qualifying for both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Most recently Simpson won silver in the 1,500 at the World Championships in Moscow. She distinctly remembers going on her first intentional run when she was in the third grade — kids kept track of their laps running around the playground by collecting popsicle sticks and Simpson wanted to have the most.