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Ex-marathon runner Dick Beardsley was the keynote speaker Thursday at the two-day 2012 Evergreen seventh annual Conference Strategies and Tools to Promote Healthy Youth, Families & Community at Calvary Lutheran Church. Beardsley, now a motivational speaker, shared the dramatic story of his addiction to pain medicines. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

Beardsley, now a motivational speaker, talks about drug addiction

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BEMIDJI - Dick Beardsley was within a day or two of never waking up again. Fortunately, he got caught.

After retiring from running, the man best known for finishing the 1982 Boston Marathon two seconds behind winner Alberto Salazar in a famous race, had a series of near-fatal accidents that left him addicted to pain medication.

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