May 30, 2013 | Jason Wolfe | Wolfe PR

Volunteers Needed for TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (May 30, 2013) – For those not running in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the best way to experience the goodwill the race generates is to volunteer at the event.

Volunteers are needed on race day – Saturday, Aug. 3 – as well as in the days leading up to the event. New and returning volunteers are encouraged to sign up soon at http://www.beach2beacon.org/volunteer to have access to the widest selection of openings.

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (May 30, 2013) – For those not running in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, the best way to experience the goodwill the race generates is to volunteer at the event.

Volunteers are needed on race day – Saturday, Aug. 3 – as well as in the days leading up to the event. New and returning volunteers are encouraged to sign up soon at http://www.beach2beacon.org/volunteer to have access to the widest selection of openings.

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K needs about 800 volunteers to ensure a smooth operation and help create the safe, festive atmosphere that makes the event so special for the 6,000 recreational runners and elite athletes alike who will wind their way from Route 77 near Crescent Beach State Park to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

“A list of available jobs is available on the race website and is updated daily,” Cohen said. “Additionally, if groups are interested in volunteering together, please contact us for details.”

Helping out also brings many volunteers close to the action and excitement, such as providing water to the elite runners, helping runners get on shuttle buses at the three satellite lots or working on the Kid’s Fun Run the night before the race.

“The shuttle and satellite parking program has worked quite well since we introduced that program three years ago,” said Mike Giallongo, the race’s parking coordinator from DMSE Sports.  “About two-thirds of the cars that used to park at the start now use the satellites, which has cut the start area traffic down tremendously. Our volunteers help make that happen.”

This year’s satellite lots – where runners can park and take shuttle buses to the Start line – will be located at SMCC in South Portland, the Hannaford corporate lot in Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth High School and Middle School.

In addition to parking and water stations, volunteers help organize and staff many aspects of the event, including registration for two days prior to the race, course set up and break down, baggage assistance, recycling and in the medical tent.

The race also honors a longtime volunteer with a special annual award. The 2012 Volunteer of the Year award went to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Norman Rosenbaum, M.D., who is in his 80s and only keeps his medical license current so he can volunteer in the medical tent each year.

Minors (under age 18) cannot register online and need to download an application from the website. Please call (207) 233 4216 or emailbestn92@gmail.com with questions.

This year marks the 16th year for the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, which filled online in less than five minutes and is considered one of the gems on the U.S. road race circuit. A race field of 6,000 is expected, including some of the top runners in the world as well as in Maine and New England. The 2012 race included runners from 17 countries and 44 U.S. states.

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 beneficiary. The Opportunity Alliance ( www.opportunityalliance.org ) is the 2013 beneficiary.

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.

In addition to TD Bank, other major corporate partners this year 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 FacebookTwitter 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 .
TD Bank is the title sponsor of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K.

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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Photos of volunteers helping out at 2013 race provided by Photography by Ann Kaplan.

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