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Catalano Dillon is 2008's Dick Beardsley Half-Marathon legend

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The race that grew by 30 percent last year, is adding yet another event to a long list of activities.

The Dick Beardsley Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids' Fun Run is held the weekend after Labor Day each year in Detroit Lakes.

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The year's event will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

For the first time, there will be a two-person relay.

Each person will run half of the 13.1 mile half marathon, or 6.55 miles.

Race director Brent Wolf says the two-person relay will be a great addition to the competition.

The Dick Beardsley Half Marathon was started 13 years ago in honor of former Detroit Lakes resident, two-time Grandma's Marathon champion, Boston Marathon runner-up and the fifth fastest man in U.S. marathon history, Dick Beardsley.

Each year, a guest legend is invited to join in the run and share his or her story.

The 2008 legend is Patti Catalano Dillon.

Catalano Dillon was the first U.S. woman marathoner to break 2:31, 2:30, 2:29 and 2:28. She's a former U.S. record holder in the 5-mile, 10K, 15K, 10-mile, 20K, half-marathon, 30K and marathon and held all the records simultaneously.

She's also a former world record holder in the 5-mile, half-marathon and 30K, a four-time winner of the Honolulu Marathon and three-time runner up in the Boston Marathon.

She was named best female road runner in the world in '80 and '81 by "Runner's World," "Running Times" and "Track & Field News."

Dillon will speak along with Beardsley at a spaghetti feed at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Beardsley race is growing each year due to great amenities, fun entertainment and beautiful scenic views.

In 2007, 1,656 runners competed in the half marathon, 5K and kid's run.

The looped course runs through downtown and around beautiful Detroit Lake.

The terrain is relatively flat, with gently rolling hills. The race is great for all running levels, from beginning runners to those wanting to tune up for the Twin Cities Marathon.

The course is USATF certified and chip-timed for the most accurate results.

Awards are given to the top three in each age category and age-graded winners.

Each participant receives a medal and performance fabric long sleeve race t-shirt.

Register online at www.dickbeardsleyrun.com, or contact the Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center at 218-844-4221 Ext. 118.

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