Speakers

Words to Motivate & Entertain You

Friday, June 21: All presentations are FREE and open to the public!

DECC (Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center)
Edmund Fitzgerald Hall, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802


11:00 am & 2:00 pm
VIRTUAL RACECOURSE TOURS
Narrated by Doug Kurtis: Two-time Grandma’s Marathon Champion (1989 & 1993), Marathon World Record Holder 76 Sub 2:20 Marathons ; 40 Marathon victories; 200 + Completed Marathons; motivational speaker.


3:00 pm
LIGHTSPEED LIFT: Demo by Malcom Macaulay
An hour long, academic focused discussion about how Lightspeed Lift helps in marathon training. We will be chatting about how Lightspeed Lift can help runners early in their recovery program, and how to continue to use the system to gain speed and reduce injury.

The Lightspeed Lift is a Body Weight Support System developed for physical rehabilitation and athletic training. The Lightspeed Lift works with existing treadmills and allows for a controlled body weight lift.


4:00 pm
GRANDMA’S MARATHON TALK SHOW
Hosted by running legends: Dick Beardsley and Olympian, Carrie Tollefson

Beardsley is known as one of the best marathon runners in U.S. history. Winner of Grandma’s Marathon in 1981 and 1982, Dick held the course record with a time of 2:09:37 for 33 years. His most famous race, however, took place at the 1982 Boston Marathon where he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 53 seconds, just two seconds behind Alberto Salazar. This personal best is ranked the 11th fastest U.S. men’s marathon time in history. Dick remains a prominent figure in the running community and travels around the world to share his amazing stories.

Dick is taking part in the the 2020 Gasparilla Running Cruise out of Tampa, FL, on February 23, 2020. To learn more, click here!

Tollefson is recognized as one of the best runners to come out of Minnesota. She grew up in Dawson, MN, and won 13 Minnesota high school championships in cross country and track. While at Villanova University, she won five NCAA championships individually and was a member of the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championships team. Carrie joined Team USA Minnesota in 2001 and since then has been a three-time national champion (1500 meters, 3000 meters and 4k cross country). She represented the USA in the Olympic Games after winning the 1500 meters at the Olympic Trials in 2004. She was also a member of three U.S. World teams. In addition to being a professional runner, Carrie is also a television broadcaster and has provided commentary for many racing events throughout the nation.

  • Interviews with Celebrity Guests including Jeff Galloway and Tatyana McFadden.
  • Crowd interaction with prize giveaways
  • Question & answer time with Dick and Carrie!

Galloway focuses on training plans that have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost everyone. His methods are proven to reduce aches, pains and injuries. Galloway designed the Run Walk Run Method to help beginners start running as it incorporates strategic walk breaks that allow each runner to control fatigue and eliminate significant running injuries.

Register for Jeff’s Running School that will take place on June 21 from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; in the French River Room at the DECC, 350 Harbor Dr. in Duluth.

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At this highly motivating class taught by Jeff, he gives you the information you need to reach your goals! The format allows everyone to ask questions at any time, so each can get the individual info needed.