CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (February 28, 2014) – Runners who want a ensure spot at the starting line in this year’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race must first focus on the fitness of their index fingers in preparation for online registration at 7 a.m. sharp on March 14.
Last year it took just under five minutes – 4:58, to be exact – to fill all 4,000 slots allotted to the general public in the online portion of race registration. Race organizers anticipate a blazing pace again in 2014, meaning runners must be prepared to fill out the online form as quickly as possible.
The registration process for the Aug. 2 race will begin Thursday, March 13 for host Cape Elizabeth residents, then on Friday, March 14 open up to the general public. A lottery for 1,900 remaining slots will take place from March 14 until March 23. Runners register at the race website, www.beach2beacon.org. The race entry fee is $45.
Here is the complete TD Beach to Beacon 10K registration schedule :
- Thursday, March 13 at 7 a.m. EST: online registration opens for Cape Elizabeth Residents only. First come, first serve. Limit of 600. (All slots filled in nine minutes in 2013)
- Friday, March 14 at 7 a.m. EST: online registration opens to general public. First come, first serve. Limit of 4,000.
- The remaining 1,900 spots will be distributed by lottery, which will begin immediately after online registration ends. Participants can enter as an individual or as part of a team of up to six members. Registration for the lottery will be held from March 14 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. The lottery drawing will be on March 25. The race will charge a $5 fee to enter the lottery. Winner’s names will be posted on the race website.
- The race will allow transfers from May 1 through June 30. The race will charge a $5 transfer fee. Cape Elizabeth residents registered in the 600 entries allocated to Cape Elizabeth residents can only transfer to another Cape Elizabeth resident.
Detailed registration information is available at www.beach2beacon.org/race-info/2018-registration-details/www.beach2beacon.org/registration.
Race organizers also are reminding runners who get shut out of the online registration to consider utilizing the ‘Team Lottery’ feature that permits groups of up to six people to enter the lottery together under a single team name. With this feature, if one gets in they would all get in.
After registration for Cape residents, the general public and the lottery is complete, the remaining bibs will be set aside for “legacy” runners who have participated in every TD Beach to Beacon as well as sponsors, world-class athletes and charities.
In addition, the race’s 2014 beneficiary, Rippleffect, as well as past beneficiaries will make bib numbers available to runners in exchange for fundraising and/or support.
In 2013, a record-setting 6,244 runners from 16 countries, 39 states and more than 250 Maine cities and towns finished the scenic 6.2-mile course. Thousands of spectators cheered runners along the route and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers helped ensure a smooth operation. The race debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish line.
Online registration for the Kids Fun Run will begin Monday, March 17 and continue through June 30, however, parents can also register their children at the Expo or on Race Day.
The TD Beach to Beacon draws runners from throughout the region and the world to picturesque Cape Elizabeth. The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77, winds along tree-lined streets and 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, and a $30,000 donation is provided each year by the TD Charitable Foundation to the race charity. Rippleffect ( www.rippleffect.net ), a Portland-based non-profit youth and community development organization operating outdoor adventure programs, was recently named the 2014 beneficiary.
In addition to TD Bank, other major corporate partners include Hannaford, Nike, Poland Spring, Fairchild Semiconductor, IDEXX, Northeast Delta Dental, MaineHealth 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
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to support, respect and improve the quality of life in the diverse communities where we live and do business. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $174.1 million and more than 17,000 grants in charitable donations from Maine to Florida. The TD Charitable Foundation focuses on supporting the following community needs: affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, and human services. Recently, more than 90 percent of the grants awarded by the Foundation benefited low-and moderate- income communities and individuals. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com .
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth ® , and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com . Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US .
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com .
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