CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine – Organizers of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race today announced the online registration plan for this year’s Saturday, Aug. 6 race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Similar to last year’s new program, the registration process for the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race will begin March 14 for Cape Elizabeth residents, then on March 15 open up to the general public. A lottery with an expanded 1,750 slots – up from 1,500 last year – will then take place from March 15 to March 22.
Log onto www.Beach2Beacon.org/2011Registration for details.
“We made a significant change in the registration process last year and feel overall it went well, so we are staying the course,” said volunteer Race President David Weatherbie. “Also, we are pleased to be able to expand the number of lottery slots this year to accommodate more runners.”
Last year’s Cape resident registration filled in 21 minutes, while online registration for the general public was open just 32 minutes before all slots were filled. Runners will continue to register at the race website, www.beach2beacon.org.
New for 2011, registered runners will receive complimentary technical, or “tech”, running shirts. The tech t-shirts, popular with runners for their moisture wicking capability, will replace the traditional cotton t-shirts. Also, due to the race having to pay a new $25,000 fee to the town of Cape Elizabeth for its use of Fort Williams for the event, the registration fee has increased $5 for 2011 to $40 per participant.
After Cape residents, the general public and lottery slots have been assigned, the remaining bibs will be set aside for runners who have participated in every TD Bank Beach to Beacon – known as “streakers” – as well as sponsors, elite athletes and charities.
Race organizers will accept approximately 7,200 registrations this year, again targeting a race day field of 6,000. A record 5,672 runners finished the race last year. The race has more than doubled in size since it debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish line.
The TD Bank Beach to Beacon is one of Maine’s premiere sporting events and one of the most popular events on the U.S. road race circuit. The race draws runners from throughout the region and the world to the picturesque coastal community of Cape Elizabeth. Thousands of spectators cheer on the runners along the scenic course and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers help ensure a smooth operation.
The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth, winds past breathtaking ocean vistas, and ends in Fort Williams Park at the historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
More than $60,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place winners in the various categories for men and women. For more information, visitwww.beach2beacon.org.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the title sponsor of the race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Cape Elizabeth and Maine’s most admired athlete. The race is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, who also directs the B.A.A. Boston Marathon and is regarded as one of the top road race managers in the world.For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org, and find the TD Beach to Beacon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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