6,000 runners expected at Beach to Beacon this weekend

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Posted: July 31st, 2009 by Tom Nolette

By Steve Sherlock, Sports Editor

CAPE ELIZABETH — Stressing safety concerns and admitting heartache for limiting the size of the field, race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson has an envious problem with no obvious solution.

Too many runners want to be at the starting line Saturday morning for the Beach to Beacon 10K.

Even though organizers increased the field for the 12th annual race to 6,000 runners, the field filled up within minutes after online registration began earlier this year.

"We want to accommodate as many people as we can as safely as we can," Samuelson said on Wednesday. "Obviously, some people are going to be disappointed because we need to keep the race smaller than some people would like us to.

"The runners' safety is our primary concern. We expect some attrition, and we watch those percentages very carefully. We thought we could increase the numbers a bit, again expecting some attrition."

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