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TD Beach to Beacon race sets fundraising record

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TD Beach to Beacon race sets fundraising record

CAPE ELIZABETH — The 15th annual TD Beach to Beacon 10k road race raised more than $164,000 for race beneficiaries, setting a new fundraising record.

This year's beneficiary, The Center for Grieving Children, a Portland-based nonprofit that provides support for children and families experiencing grief, raised $65,500, with about half of the total coming from TD Bank. In the last two years combined, the race has raised more than $300,000 for Maine-based, non-profit youth organizations.

"We're extremely pleased to be able to post a number like that," race President David Weatherbie said. "We look to see that number grow each year for these organizations, which provide vital services for our youth."

In addition to the $30,000 from TD Bank, the chosen beneficiary receives 50 race bibs to use to raise additional funds. Bib for the general public typically sell out in less than five minutes. Past beneficiaries each receive 25 bibs, which helps them continue fundraising every year.

Weatherbie said past and present beneficiaries have raised more than $1.5 million since the race's inception in 1998.

One new aspect this year that gave a boost to fundraising was a charm created for the Center for Grieving Children by Cape Elizabeth jewelry store Ann Veronica. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the charm went to the beneficiary and will continue to do so through the end of the year, Weatherbie said.

This year's race, on Aug. 4, also set a record for race finishers, Weatherbie said: 6,117 runners crossed the finish line.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.