Foot Levelers Pasta Dinner w/ Dick Beardsley


Dick Beardsley (left) and Inge Simonsen were both awarded the win at the first London Marathon.

2015 Guest Speaker is Dick Beardsley made famous by the “Duel in the Sun”

Load up on carbs while listening to our guest speaker Dick Beardsley who has had both an inspirational life and running career.  Dick was made famous by two dramatic finishes at the London Marathon, one ending in a 1st place tie with Inge Simonsen holding hands at the finish line as neither had won a marathon before.

He is also know for the epic “Duel in the Sun” with Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon, where both men were neck and neck for the final miles.  He made it into the Guinness Book of World Records with 13 consecutive marathon PRs, and held the record at Grandma’s Marathon for 30 years with a time of 2:08:53, still the third fastest time in history for an American man.

Come learn more about this fascinating man, enjoy a delicious pasta dinner and receive a detailed race brief by local newscaster John Carlin, to be held in the same building as the marathon expo.

We are also pleased to welcome Inspirational Guest, Pam Rickard:

pam pic

Over the 30+ years of her running career, Pam Rickard has completed countless races, including more than 50 marathons and ultra-marathons. Over the past 8 years, her races have taken her across China’s Gobi Desert, on a trek through the Alps from Italy to France, and through the streets of Boston and New York City, completing each of those iconic marathons six times. Residing in Rocky Mount, VA, Pam has run the Blue Ridge Marathon 3 times, including completing the “Unofficial Double” twice.

As a former addict herself, Pam is quick to say that without finding the foundation for her recovery in April of 2006, none of her running success would be possible. Pam now serves as director of THP (The Herren Project) RUNS for former NBA basketball player Chris Herren’s  foundation.  The Herren Project raises money for treatment navigation, educational initiatives and mentoring programs in the hopes of saving a lives and making a difference in the lives of those touched by addiction.

“The fact that I can run at all now, let alone do it while raising awareness and funds for The Herren Project, is an outrageous gift to me.” Pam says. Whether it’s a 3-mile training run, or a major event, Pam’s mantra is, “I don’t have to run, I get to run.”



  • April 17, 2015
  • 5:30pm- Doors open to Charter Hall (3rd floor of the City Market Building)
  • 6:00pm- Buffet opens.
  • 6:15pm- Speakers begin. Meet & Greet to follow.
  • Location:  City Market Building (where packet pickup occurs).
  • $25 per person ($15 for 12 and under) – includes buffet-style pasta dinner.
  • Your name will be on a list at the door…you will not receive a physical ticket. Email  to confirm your ticket, or ask questions.