CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 23, 2012) – Race organizers on Monday outlined details regarding new satellite parking locations, shuttle buses, road closings and registration for the upcoming special 15th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 4 in Cape Elizabeth.
Shuttle bus services
The ‘park and ride’ option will be easier than ever for runners this year. Satellite parking and shuttle bus services to the Start Line will be provided from 6 to 7:15 a.m. from the following locations:
Brown Elementary School at 37 Highland Street in South Portland
Mahoney Middle School at 240 Ocean Street in South Portland
Hannaford corporate offices at 145 Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough
Cape Elizabeth Middle School and High School at 343 Ocean House Road
Shuttle buses will return to these locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Fort Williams after the race.
The Brown and Mahoney locations were added to replace South Portland High School, which will not be used this year due to ongoing construction projects at that location.
Also, there is no parking for runners at Fort Williams as parking there is restricted to media, sponsors, staff and spectators who are advised to carpool and to arrive prior to 7:15 a.m. since Shore Road closes at 7:30 a.m. Entrance to the Fort from Cottage Road in South Portland, however, will remain open throughout the morning.
Shuttle buses at the Fort will operate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to take runners and others back to the Start area and the satellite locations.
Race organizers are encouraging the ‘park and ride’ option and carpooling for everyone driving into the area on race day as a way to further reduce vehicle congestion and carbon emissions.
“We continue to make improvements to our parking and shuttle bus program that are eco-friendly,” said Race President Dave Weatherbie. “Satellite parking is a very convenient option. Runners can relax on a bus and get taken right to the start, rather than worry about traffic and finding a parking spot in the center of Cape Elizabeth. It’s easy and convenient.”
B-tag and t-shirt and pick up
B-tag and t-shirt pickup registration for confirmed runners will take place at Cape Elizabeth High School on Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 3, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Runners will receive disposable B-tags, which are worn on their bib to record their time for the race. Registration features an Expo of more than 35 different companies, non-profits and race sponsors, including the Nike Reuse-a-Shoe program where runners are encouraged to bring and donate their old running shoes to be recycled.
Runner Drop Off on Race Morning
Runner drop off is at the Gull Crest Fields parking lot a half mile from the intersection of Spurwink Road and Route 77. Look for flaggers to direct you. Runners are required to be at the start line by 7:30 a.m. however it is recommended to arrive by 6:30 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Roadside parking is not allowed. Race officials also ask that no walkers, joggers, spectators or bicyclists be on the road along the course after 8 a.m. as the roads must be clear for the event.
Parking at the Start
Runner parking near the Start Line will be provided at Sprague Fields located at Fowler and Ram Island Farm roads, where this year organizers say off-loading of runners at Fowler Road will have a dedicated debarkation area to ensure safer runner movement through the intersection.
On race day, the following roads will be closed to traffic (except shuttle buses):
Route 77, Sprague Hall to Kettle Cove Road will be closed from 6 to 10 a.m.
Route 77, Kettle Cove Road to Old Ocean House Road, closed from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Crescent Beach State Park will be closed from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
Route 77, at Hillway, closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Old Ocean House Road (all) closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Shore Road (all) from Key Bank to Fort Williams, closed 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Scott Dyer Road (eastbound) closed 6:45 to 8 a.m.
All of Fowler Road will be closed from 7:15 to 10 a.m.
Other important info:
Kids Fun Run – The Kids Fun Run will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 at the Soccer Field at Fort Williams. The races will be run in heats at different distances, according to age. If it rains, check the website at www.beach2beacon.org for updates and a decision will be made by 4 p.m. on Friday. Registration and packet pick up for the kid’s race will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday during race registration at Cape Elizabeth High School and also on Friday, Aug. 3 at Fort Williams.
Awards Ceremony – The formal awards ceremony on race day will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at Fort Williams at the top of flagpole hill, featuring check presentations and a total purse to winners of $60,000.
Race Beneficiary – The beneficiary of this year’s race is the Center for Grieving Children , a Portland, Maine-based nonprofit organization providing support to bereaved children and families, which will receive a $30,000 donation from the TD Charitable Foundation. The organization also will benefit from fundraising activities and publicity through its association with the race. Additional information is posted under the press kit at www.wolfenews.com .
This year marks the special 15th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, which filled in 10 minutes and is considered one of the gems on the U.S. road race circuit. The race begins near the Crescent Beach State Park entrance on Route 77 and ends 6.2 miles later in Fort Williams Park at the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America.
A race field of 6,000 is expected, including one of the strongest elite fields in race history as well as top runners in Maine and across New England. The 2011 race included runners from 12 countries and 43 U.S. states.
TD Bank is the title sponsor of the race, founded by Olympic gold medalist and running icon Joan Benoit Samuelson, who grew up in Cape Elizabeth and will join the field this year in honor of the 15th race.In addition to TD Bank, other major corporate partners this year include Hannaford, Poland Spring, MaineHealth, Fairchild Semiconductor, Nike, Northeast Delta Dental, IDEXX and WCSH6. For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org, and find the TD Beach to Beacon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About The TD Charitable Foundation
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