UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The National Distance Running Hall of Fame officially welcomed its two newest members Saturday, as Miki Gorman and Dick Beardsley were inducted at the Boilermaker Health and Fitness Expo. It's the first time in two years the Hall elected a new class, and just the second time in the last four years.
Gorman, a Japanese-Americen who became the first woman to win the New York and Boston Marathons twice, was soft spoken as always, keeping her speech short and sweet, thanking everyone who made her great career possible. "Ever since I came to this country, so many good things happened that make it fantastic. I love this country so much. Now I have something to tell to my granddaughters. Thank you very much."
Beardsley, a motivational speaker who has overcome a lot of adversity in his life, took his time to thank all of his coaches, running idols, as well as his family. He specifically talked about his son Andrew, who is now fighting for his country in Iraq. Beardsley, whose most memorable pro race was the famous "Duel in the Sun," with Alberto Salazar at the 1982 Boston Marathon, talked about a race about four years ago that was bigger than Boston. It was just an uphill run with Andrew, but it was a memorable day for Dick.
"We get to the top, he slowed down, but we when we get to the top, he takes off and I have to do everything I can to stay with him. We finished that two mile run and he gave me this big hug and all he said was, thanks Pop."
Larry Rawson, who was covered Track & Field and Marthons for ESPN for 25 years, was the host for the event. Former inductees Bill Rodgers, Katherine Switzer and Nina Kuscsik all joined the 2010 class onstage after the conclusion of the ceremony.