The 13th running of the biggest road race in the state of Maine, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K, is scheduled to go off Saturday morning in Cape Elizabeth.
If it’s anything like the first 12, this weekend should produce plenty of thrills.
Some of the elite runners in the world, along with recreational runners from towns throughout Forecaster Country will take part. In all, a field of 6,000, including runners from 17 countries and 41 U.S. states will compete.
Defending champions, Kenyans Ed Muge and Irene Limika, will take part, as will elite runners such as Kenya’s Catherine Ndereba and the United States’ Khalid Khannouchi.
Former Greely High and Dartmouth College standout Ben True, who set a course record (29 minutes, 10 seconds) in winning the Maine division last year, will run, but can’t repeat as he now lives out of state. That opens the door for locals Pat Tarpy of Yarmouth and Jon Wilson of Falmouth.
On the women’s side, Falmouth’s Sheri Piers is the defending champ and course record holder (34:17). She’ll be challenged by Scarborough’s Kristin Barry, the 2008 women’s winner.
The race starts with wheelchair entrants at 7:55 a.m. at the start line on Route 77. Runners start at 8:10. After traversing a 6.2-mile course, participants finish at Fort Williams.
This year’s race beneficiary is Junior Achievement of Maine, a non-profit organization providing economic education programs that help inspire Maine children to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors of success in a global economy.
The TD Bank Beach to Beacon attracts more than 700 volunteers. TD Bank is the title sponsor of the race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist.
For more information about the race, go to beach2beacon.org.
Just like last year, this summer’s Beach to Beacon 10K will be a race to remember.