August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:06 am

Maine’s top high school runners to compete in mile race at Beach to Beacon

...But on Friday, a crop of talented high school runners from throughout the state will once again have their own race showcase.

For the second straight year, the Beach to Beacon will hold a mile race for the state’s top high school runners at Cape Elizabeth’s Fort Williams Park.

The event starts at 4 p.m., just prior to the Kids 1-mile fun run, and will consist of a two-loop course inside the park that ends at the Beach to Beacon finish line.

There will be one race for the girls and another for the boys in what figures to be the final summer tune-up for high school runners before preseason cross country practices get under way on Aug. 14

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/03/s ... to-beacon/
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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:09 am

Beach to Beacon 10K celebrating 20th running Saturday in Cape Elizabeth

A throng of the world’s best runners will join Maine’s top harriers among more than 6,000 participants in search of prize money, bragging rights and personal bests on a 6.2-mile journey to the Portland Head Light.

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:26 am

Legacy runners celebrate two decades

...They're part of an exclusive group known as the race's "Legacy Runners" — competitors who haven't missed even one of the 19 previous races. There's 117 legacies left heading into the 20th running of the TD Beach to Beacon on Saturday.

The Rearicks are two of the 11 local legacies who have participated in each of the first 19 races, and will make it an even 20 on Saturday. The Hebron residents are one of two couples, along with Maureen and Willie Sproul of New Gloucester.

"I think I sensed it was going to be big because (Joan Benoit Samuelson) was in at the ground floor, and it was her baby," Maureen Sproul said. "So I sensed it was going to be something big, so I signed myself up as well as my husband."

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:29 am

Former Maine race champion helps Kenyans make strides in school

The runners from Kenya started arriving this week in anticipation of Saturday’s 20th edition of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K: Mary Keitany, Joyce Chepkirui, Stephen Kosgei Kibet, Ben Decker.

Yes, Ben Decker.

A Yarmouth High graduate about to enter his senior year at Williams College, Decker, 21, was the top Maine finisher at the 2015 Beach to Beacon. He returned Tuesday night from a second summer spent in western Kenya, where for seven weeks he was an instructor with the Kenyan Scholar-Athlete Program. Known as KenSAP, the program helps gifted but needy high school students in their quest to gain admission to selective colleges in the United States.

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:36 am

Running at 60, Beach to Beacon founder still sets the pace
Beach to Beacon race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson will join Saturday's field along with fellow Olympic marathoner Deena Kastor

...This will mark the fourth time Samuelson, the Cape Elizabeth native who won the inaugural Olympic women’s marathon in the 1984 Los Angeles Games, will run the race she founded in 1998. In 2002, she ran with a group of New York City firefighters. In 2007, she ran with 1980 Boston Marathon champion Jacqueline Gareau. In 2012, she ran with fellow marathon greats Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter.

Rodgers will be in the field again, but Kastor – who placed seventh in the 2013 Beach to Beacon at age 40 and set an American 10K masters record of 32 minutes, 28 seconds – will run with the 60-year-old Samuelson. The world record at 10K for a woman 60 or older is 38:56.

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:37 am

Horne, Russ win Beach to Beacon High School Mile
Lily Horne of Freeport sets a course record to capture the girls' race in in 5:28.8, while Sam Russ of Lincoln Academy wins a sprint to the finish for the boys' title.

... “That’s a subject we’re going to be addressing. I think this year really is going to put the high school mile in the news in a big way and the times were very competitive,” Samuelson said.

“We try to be as inclusive here as we possibly can. To give Maine youth the opportunity to be in the midst of the best runners in the world is very important to us. So Maine kids first, and we’ll see what happens with other international inquiries.”

Runners must have a verifiable qualifying time of 5 minutes for boys and 6:15 for girls. There were 20 spots available for both races but neither was filled – 15 boys and 17 girls raced.

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/08/04/h ... hool-mile/
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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby WABI » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:07 am

Beach to Beacon 10K has Exciting and Sporting Finishes

CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE (WABI) - For the 20th year in a row, runners from around the world filled the streets of Cape Elizabeth, for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race.

The men’s finish was a good one as 2015 champ Stephen Kosgei Kibet edged Maine native and defending champion Ben True at the line by just one second. Defending champion Mary Keitany broke the course record she set last year by three seconds. Top Maine residents to finish were UConn runner Emily Durgan and UMaine running star Jesse Orach who was only the top Mainer because the humanity of the sport showed itself....

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby WMTW » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:19 am

20th Beach to Beacon 10k full of memorable moments
Record breaking perfomances and close finishes
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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby BDN » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:24 am

Kenyans sweep 20th Beach to Beacon 10K; Orach, Durgin win Maine titles

Earlier this year, North Yarmouth native Ben True outdueled Stephen Kosgei-Kobet of Kenya in the BAA 5K road race in Boston.

On Saturday at the 20th annual TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Kobet exercised a little payback.

In a close 6.2-mile thrash from Crescent Beach to the Portland Head Light, Kosgei-Kobet broke the tape in 27 minutes, 55 seconds, one second ahead of True, the defending Beach to Beacon champ.

Last summer, True had become the first American runner to win the race founded by Olympic gold medalist and running legend Joan Benoit Samuelson

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Re: August 5: 20th TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race

Postby SJ » Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:29 am

Beach to Beacon: Keitany sets new record; Kibet tops True; Gomez shows sportsmanship

...In her last time competing in the Maine women's division, Emily Durgin of Standish finished on top. The Cheverus graduate broke the tape in 34:43, which was 28 seconds ahead of second-place Michelle Lilenthal of Portland (the 2014 and 2016 champ).

Durgin said this being her last time running as a Maine amateur was "definitely" extra motivation.

"That was kind of the main reason I decided to run," Durgin said. "A few weeks ago, I was like, 'Eh, you know, I'm not in optimal condition. Do I really want to go out there and run?' And then the more I thought about ... I was thinking about all the people in the past that have done the same thing, I wanted to do it as well."

Durgin singled out 2013 Maine men's champ Riley Masters as someone winning who won in his final chance before turning pro.

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