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Dick Beardsley Is Coming To Martinsville!

The YMCA is proud and excited to announce that we have secured Dick Beardsley as the Guest Speaker for the 2016 Martinsville Half Marathon, 5K & Relay!  Dick will be speaking at the pre-marathon event at a to-be-determined venue on Friday, March 18, 2016. Dick will also be on-location Race Day to present the 2016 Elster Determination Award! 


Dick Beardsley is referred to as a running legend in the United States, but perhaps the most amazing thing about him is his climb back to health after becoming addicted to pain medication for more than four years.

Dick is best known for his incredible race in the 1982 Boston Marathon.  That race, on a very hot day, was dubbed the "Duel in the Sun" as he battled world record holder Alberto Salazar down to the finish line.  Both broke the American record:  Salazar won in a record time of 2:08:51, Beardsley’s time was 2:08:53!  He was at the height of his professional running career.

Then tragedy struck in November 1989.  While using an auger to lift corn into a bin on his Minnesota farm, Dick became entangled in the machine; it began to literally tear him apart.  Not expected to live or walk—much less ever run again—he managed to survive.

But that was just the first of a series of events that would forever change his life.  During the next few years, Dick was involved in a severe car accident, later he was hit by a truck while running, later still, he rolled his vehicle in a snowstorm, and finally while hiking one day, the ground gave out and he fell off a cliff!  Each time he ended up in the hospital and had multiple surgeries to try and put him back together.

Due to all the large amount of pain medication he was taking, he became addicted—and that's when his life really started to spiral out of control.  It has been a long and difficult road back, but Dick has been celebrating every day of his sobriety since February 12, 1997.  

In 2007, after living in Minnesota for 51 years, Dick moved to Austin, Texas and got re-married to Jill, and in addition to his son Andrew, he adds to his family, two more children, Christopher and Matthew and a lot more pets.

Despite having both of his knees replaced, since January of 2009,  Dick, not only is still running, but Dick maintains his active lifestyle by adding biking and swimming to his routine.  And for fun, lots of fishing, bringing his guiding business to the great lakes of Texas.

Dick is the subject of a feature film being produced entitled “Against the Wind”.  For more information, please go to

In 2002, he authored a book called "Staying the Course:  A Runner’s Toughest Race."  

Dick is one of the subjects of the 2006 book entitled Duel in the Sun by John Brant.

Not only is Dick a best selling author, but he is one of the world’s most extraordinary, respected, and compelling motivational / inspirational speakers. Often times he is the keynote speaker at major events, including corporations, non-profits, schools, races, fundraisers, prisons and drug treatment centers.  Anywhere motivation and inspiration is needed.  

Dick is also an accomplished TV commentator and radio announcer.  He has a gift of making people laugh, cry and most importantly, think and appreciate life to the fullest, despite any ups and downs that may come along. Dick's talks are directly from his heart and are highly inspirational.


2016 Miles In Martinsville Challenge Series

The 2016 Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series has a new option and a really exciting new incentive!

$25.00 is all it takes to get you registered for an exciting 2016 Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series Season, not to mention you will receive a really cool Miles in Martinsville Bistro Mug and a really great pair of Miles in Martinsville running socks! Anyone that registers to participate in the 2016 Challenge Series will be eligible for awards by earning points throughout the 2016 Miles in Martinsville Season!

Want to register for all 8 races now and save some money?! $200 will get you entered in the 2016 Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series and will pay your registration fees into all 8 Miles in Martinsville Races, the registration fees are non-transferable. Upon payment, you will receive an e-mail with a personalized discount code for each race. 

Also new in 2016 is the Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series Medal! Register for the Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series, participate in these 4 designated races:

  •          Nail the Rail 9 Miler
  •          Martinsville Half Marathon
  •          The Super Run 8K
  •          Harvest Moon 10K

To receive the limited edition Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series Medal!

Welcome to Miles In Martinsville

Welcome to Miles in Martinsville, a challenge series created to support outreach programs of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA.  A few of the things supported by the series include the Bike Barn located on the Dick & Willie Passage, the Doctor's Orders program, and financial aid and scholarships for Y membership and child care.  Thank you for being a part of an active community and helping us grow and sustain new programs that reach beyond the walls of the Y!

Challenge Series 2016

2016 Point Tallies

Let the competition begin!!!  

Participant Points
Gregg Dean 27   
Natalie Horne 27   
Ashely Crouch 3   
Phillip Garrett 3   
Participant Points
Johnny Pinkard 3   
Richard Reed 3   
Lisa Rose 3   
Patricia Stevens 3   
Participant Points
Susan Thacker 3   
Mark Joyce 0   

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