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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 21, 2023) – The 25th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K’s wheelchair division includes a full roster of 10 athletes—five men and five women. Last year’s winner, Hermin Garic of Utica, NY, looks to repeat in 2023, along with last year’s top female finisher, Yen Hoang of Vancouver, WA. Returning to the race after a few years’ hiatus are James Senbeta of Philadelphia, PA; Tony Noguiera of Glen Ridge, NJ; Michael Olsen
of New York; and hometown favorite, Christina Kourous of Cape Elizabeth.
Mainer Sidney Knox, Jason Robinson of New York, Hannah Babalola of Newark, NJ, and Helen Newman of Connecticut, who is making her TD Beach to Beacon debut, round out the division.
In addition, one handcyclist and one duoteam, Team Rusty Rolls, will be competing.
Prize money has increased this year as well, with a $2,000 prize for first place in the division, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place.
“We are really excited to see a full, balanced field for the first time during this milestone year for the TD Beach to Beacon,” said Deb Maxfield, who heads up the push rim division. “These are incredible athletes, and it should be an exciting competition.”
TD Bank, title sponsor of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, has also been the presenting sponsor of Achilles Hope & Possibility® 4M since 2019. Achilles Hope & Possibility, operated by New York Road Runners (NYRR), is one of the largest inclusive races of its kind in the U.S. that welcomes athletes with and without disabilities and military veterans. =
In an ongoing effort to make the TD Beach to Beacon inclusive for athletes of all abilities, TD Bank will sponsor registration spots in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K for a team of five Achilles International athletes and their guides to participate in this year’s race. Achilles is a leading adaptive running nonprofit that transforms the lives of youth, adults, and veterans with disabilities through athletic programs and social connection.
“Supporting inclusion within the communities where we live and work is a core component of who we are at TD,” said Tyrrell Schmidt, Chief Marketing Officer, TD Bank Group. “I’m so proud to see athletes of all abilities participating in the most diverse and inclusive race in the 25 years of the TD Beach to Beacon. I very much look forward to having athletes from Achilles International, an organization near and dear to my heart, participate in this year’s race.”
In addition, the TD Beach to Beacon race weekend will once again feature the Beacon Walk, Run and Roll, a scenic ¾ of a mile course that starts at the TD Beach to Beacon 10K finish line. The Beacon Walk, Run and Roll, which was introduced in 2022, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
About the TD Beach to Beacon 10K
The TD Beach to Beacon 10K draws runners from New England and throughout the world to picturesque Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The race begins on Route 77 near the Crescent Beach State Park entrance, winds along tree-lined streets and past breathtaking ocean vistas and ends in Fort Williams Park at historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.
In 2022, the 24th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K included 5,346 runners from nine countries, 42 states, and almost 260 Maine cities and towns. Thousands of spectators cheered runners along the route and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers helped ensure a smooth operation. In 2021, more than 2,000 runners participated in the first-ever Virtual TD Beach to Beacon 10K. The race debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish line.
More than $90,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place winners in various categories for men and women, and a separate $30,000 donation is provided to a designated beneficiary each year by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®.
With its combined focus on sustainability and charitable donations, the TDB2B10K exemplifies TD Bank’s longstanding commitment to community enrichment through The Ready Commitment, a multi-year platform that actively promotes inclusivity, economic vitality, environmental well-being, and health, and increases opportunities for people of all backgrounds to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through this platform, TD Bank aspires to create a more inclusive tomorrow—helping people of all backgrounds feel more confident, not just about their finances, but about their ability to achieve their goals.
The iconic event is managed by DMSE Sports of Woburn, Massachusetts. Along with the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, DMSE assists the B.A.A. with managing the Boston Marathon and other high-profile sports events.
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 over 9. 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,100 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Auto Finance, a division of TD Bank, N.A., offers vehicle financing and dealer commercial services. TD Bank and its subsidiaries also offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.td.com/us. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US and www.twitter.com/TDNews_US.
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