CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 22, 2014) – Race organizers on Tuesday outlined details regarding a new bike parking location for runners, shuttle buses, road closings and registration for the upcoming TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday, Aug. 2 in Cape Elizabeth.
Bike Parking at the Fort Williams
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is providing free and secure bicycle parking at Fort Williams with shuttle bus service for runners to the starting line. New for 2014, the corral is being located at the finish at Fort Williams rather than the start line area. The complimentary bike service will be located inside Fort Williams Park, near the shuttle bus area for runners. The re-location adds convenience for runners who decide to bike to the race as they no longer will need to ride a post-race shuttle bus back to the start to retrieve their bikes. Runners can drop off their bikes at Fort Williams starting at 6 a.m. and need to pick them up by 2 p.m. Bike parking helps cut down on road congestion and lightens the CO2 footprint of the race. Those interested in the service are asked to register at http://www.beach2beacon.org/bike-valet-program and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Shuttle bus services
The ‘park and ride’ option is a popular for runners. Satellite parking and shuttle bus services to the Start Line will be provided from 6 to 7 a.m. from the following locations:
- Southern Maine Community College at 2 Fort Road 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.
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.
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.
B-tag and t-shirt pick up
B-tag and t-shirt pickup registration for confirmed runners will take place at Cape Elizabeth High School on Thursday, July 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, Aug. 1 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 50 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. Many of the vendors will offer giveaways and food vendors will have free samples.
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. 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.
Road Closings |
On race day, the following roads will be closed to traffic (except shuttle buses):
• Rte. 77, Sprague Hall to Kettle Cove Road closed 6 to 10 a.m.
• Crescent Beach State Park will not be accessible until 9 a.m.
• Rte. 77, Kettle Cove Road to Old Ocean House Road closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
• Old Ocean House Road (all) closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
• Rte. 77, at Hillway closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
• Shore Road south of Fort Williams closed at 7:30 a.m.
• All of Fowler Road (except shuttle buses) closed 7:15 to 10 a.m.
• Scott Dyer Road eastbound closed 6:45 to 8 a.m.
Other important info:
Kids Fun Run – The Kids Fun Run will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 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. 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. 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, gifts to age-group winners, and a total purse to winners of $60,000.
Race Beneficiary – The 2014 race beneficiary is Rippleffect ( www.rippleffect.net ), a Portland-based non-profit youth and community development organization leading outdoor adventure programs on Cow Island, in area schools and in the mountains of western Maine. The organization will receive a check for $30,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank ® . TD Bank has now donated $510,000 to Maine charities over the history of the race.
This year marks the 17th 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. 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. The race debuted in 1998 with 2,408 finishers.
In addition to TD Bank, other major corporate partners include Hannaford, Nike, Poland Spring, Fairchild Semiconductor, IDEXX, Northeast Delta Dental, MaineHealth, Dead River Company, Olympia Sports and WCSH6. For additional information about the race, visitwww.beach2beacon.org , call the race hotline at (888) 480-6940 or find the race on Facebookand Twitter .
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