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Beardsley Run participants run down Summit Ave. in Detroit Lakes during last year?s event. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)

Beardsley Half-Marathon and 5K coming up Sept. 12

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Local legend and world-renowned runner Dick Beardsley will once again take to the track in his Half Marathon and 5K Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Beardsley, who is now involved with motivational speaking, an online coaching program and a yearly marathon running camp, has been honored by his namesake race for the past 13 years. It ranks with his other accolades, including a second place finish in 1982's famously dramatic Boston Marathon and the record for the fifth fastest men's marathon finish in U.S. history.

This year, Detroit Lakes will welcome guest runner Bart Yasso, who has won the U.S. National Biathlon Long Course Championship and the Smoky Mountain Marathon.

He created the Runner's World Race Sponsorship Program and the Yasso 800s training program in contribution to the marathon-running world.

Yasso has also completed the Ironman five times, bicycled solo across the country twice and raced on all seven continents.

On Friday evening, both Beardsley and Yasso will speak at the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center's spaghetti feed. The meal is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 4-12, and free to younger children. Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m., followed by the men's speeches.

After filling up on supper Friday, set your alarms for race day. Runners will take off at 8:30 a.m. for the half marathon and two-person relay race. The course will loop downtown and around Detroit Lake, beginning at the Pavilion and ending a block away in the City Park.

This USATF-certified course is well suited for beginners, as it is generally flat with a few modest hills.

Times will be recorded through 11:30 a.m., using accurate chip timing technology. There will be plenty of water stops, bathroom opportunities, and entertainment along the course, as well as showers available at the DLCCC following the race.

The Kids' Run will begin at 11 a.m. and offers those 12 and under a chance to run with Beardsley himself.

Categories are split male and female, and include 13 age groups and a wheelchair division. All finishers will receive medals, and the top three racers in each division will be awarded at the ceremony that's set to follow the Kids' Run.

Registration can be done online at Active.com through Sept. 6. All who register by then will receive a discount on entry prices. Any child who registers for the 1K before this Tuesday, Sept. 1 will receive a ribbon and a shirt.

You may also register the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. Informational packets will be available at the Pavilion on Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Fees and other information are listed online at dickbeardsleyrun.com. A portion of the price to enter will go toward the Dick Beardsley Foundation, which was created to teach the public about healthy and active lifestyles by bringing speakers to schools.

Whether this is your only run of the year or a warm-up for the Twin Cities Marathon in October, the Dick Beardsley Run is an excellent opportunity to get some exercise alongside accomplished runners from both near and far.

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