CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 10, 2018) – ON Semiconductor, a longtime TD Beach to Beacon 10K sponsor, has increased its support this year to boost the race’s nationally recognized sustainability program, race organizers announced Tuesday.
“With ON Semiconductor’s focus on developing energy efficient innovations, we can’t think of a more appropriate corporate partner to have paired with our award-winning sustainability program,” said Race President Mike Stone.
The TD Beach to Beacon 10K has a long history of commitment to the environment. In 2016 the race achieved highly coveted Evergreen status, becoming the first major road race of its size in North America – and only the sixth event ever worldwide – to earn the distinction,
The Evergreen Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport required a rigorous review of the TD Beach to Beacon’s environmental and social sustainability programs, which range from comprehensive recycling to reducing carbon emissions to raising money for charities and leaving a positive legacy in the community.
As the race continues to grow, organizers are committed to finding new and innovative ways to improve on its already-impressive program, including a long-term objective of maintaining and strengthening the commitment to “zero waste” status. In 2016, the race recycled and composted 90 percent of all waste, which is commonly accepted as the benchmark for “zero waste.”
The increased financial support from ON will be vital to helping the TD Beach to Beacon achieve those goals, said Bruce Rayner of Athletes for a Fit Planet, the race’s sustainability consulting partner.
Race Founder Joan Benoit Samuelson said the TDB2B’s environmental practices reflect the values of the race and the state of Maine.
“It is the right and sensible program at an iconic event in Maine where we, as both a state and an organization, take pride in our recreational and environmental opportunities,” said Samuelson, a lifelong Mainer and committed environmentalist who won gold at the 1984 Olympics. “Conservation is to the environment what prevention is to health and the two are inextricably linked and showcased at the TD Beach to Beacon.”
Phoenix-based ON Semiconductor operates a chip manufacturing facility in South Portland.
“ON Semiconductor is pleased to continue sponsorship of the TD Beach to Beacon and be this year’s Green sponsor helping expand the race’s sustainability effort,” said Joshua Madore, ON Semiconductor’s Director of Operations South Portland. “We see great synergy between the race’s long-standing commitment to environmental and social responsibility and ON Semiconductor’s mission to engineer energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy consumption. We are excited to both sponsor and participate in the race.”
In addition, Woodard & Curran, a Portland-based construction engineering firm, has signed on as a new sponsor of the race and will add further support to the sustainability efforts, Stone said.
Race organizers also announced that outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, the longtime sponsor of race awards, will again provide a $10 gift card to all TD Beach to Beacon runners during the bib and t-shirt pickup at the Expo.
ON and L.L. Bean are part of a group of 12 Corporate Partners responsible for the ongoing success of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, which is set for Saturday, Aug. 4, along the picturesque shoreline of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Corporate Partners who have been with the TD Beach to Beacon over its entire 21-year history include title sponsor TD Bankas well as Nike, Hannaford, Poland Springand MaineHealth, which this year will enhance its sponsorship by bringing in expert speakers for the medical symposium it hosts each year during race week. Other long-time Corporate Partners include IDEXX, WCSH6, Northeast Delta Dental, Olympia Sports and Dunkin’ Donuts.
“The generosity and commitment from these companies has enabled us to continue to stage a world-class road race in the state of Maine,” Samuelson said. “Like the elite athletes we attract each year, our sponsors include some of the most recognizable and trusted names in Maine, the region and around the world. We can’t thank them enough.”
Other sponsor initiatives related to the 2018 race include:
- Local solar installer ReVision Energy, in partnership with local solar electronics manufacturer Pika Energy, will provide a solar-powered trailer with batteries to provide clean, renewable electricity to the post-race Awards Stage at Fort Williams Park. After the race, the trailer will be shipped to Puerto Rico to support disaster relief efforts.
- Dunkin’ Donuts, in partnership with their local franchise owners, will again provide the prize money for the American-only runner category, which debuted in 2015. The lure of a $23,000 purse each year now attracts many of the top American distance runners to the international road race. Dunkin’ Donuts also will give $3 gift cards to all volunteers and registered runners again this year.
- After a successful launch last year, Oakhurst Dairy will again sponsor a pair of popular race-eve activities at Fort Williams – the B2B High School Mile and the Kids Fun Run – which has been renamed Youth Night.
- TD Bank will again provide race images free of charge to all runners through new vendor Capstone Photography as well as a special car magnet celebrating the 21st running.
- Nike will again provide all runners and volunteers with a tech shirt that is made of recycled plastic.
- Two new prize-money sponsors were added this year – Cross Insurance Agency for the Masters category and Harvard Pilgrim for the Senior 50+ category.
Below is the complete list of 2018 sponsors who help make the TD Beach to Beacon possible:
TD Bank – Title Sponsor (since year one)
Nike – Official Race and Volunteer Apparel Sponsor (since year one)
Hannaford – Official Training Sponsor (since year one)
Poland Spring – Official Water Sponsor (since year one)
MaineHealth – Official Medical Partner (since year one)
L.L. Bean – Title Sponsor of Race Awards (since year one)
IDEXX – Official Business to Business Challenge Sponsor (returning sponsor)
Northeast Delta Dental – Title Sponsor of Maine Challenge Division & Course Record Bonuses (returning sponsor)
WCSH6 TV – Official Media Sponsor (returning sponsor)
Olympia Sports – Official Sporting Goods Retailer (returning sponsor)
Dunkin Donuts – Presenting Sponsor of the American Prize Money (returning sponsor)
ON Semiconductor – Official Sustainability Program Sponsor (returning sponsor)
Prize Money Sponsors
TD Bank – Top 10 Men and Women (since year one)
UNUM – Title Sponsor of the Wheelchair Division (since year one)
Dunkin Donuts – American Prize Money (returning sponsor)
Northeast Delta Dental – Maine Resident Men and Women & Course Record Bonuses (returning sponsor)
Thos. Moser – Keepsake Beacon Boxes as Awards for Category Winners (returning sponsor)
Cross Insurance Agency – Master’s (new sponsor)
Harvard Pilgrim – Senior 50+ (new sponsor)
Race Supporting Sponsors
Courtyard Marriott Portland Downtown/Waterfront – Hospitality Sponsor (returning sponsor)
Oakhurst Dairy – Kids Fun Run, B2B High School Mile & Dairy Sponsor (since year one)
ReVision Energy (returning sponsor)
Seafax (since year one)
Spectrum Medical Group – Volunteer Sponsor (returning sponsor)
MEMIC (Maine Employer’s Mutual Insurance Company) – Safety Sponsor (returning sponsor)
Shipyard Brewing Co. (since year one)
WEX (returning sponsor)
AAA Northern New England (returning sponsor)
Norman Hanson & DeTroy (returning sponsor)
Barber Foods – AdvancePierre (returning sponsor)
Cabot Cheese (returning sponsor)
Clif Bar/Luna Bar (returning sponsor)
Ocean House Real Estate (returning sponsor)
Perkins Thompson (returning sponsor)
Pika Energy (new sponsor)
Pine State Beverage Company (returning sponsor)
Pizza Joint (returning sponsor)
RKO – (new sponsor)
Subway (new sponsor)
Terra Cotta Pasta (returning sponsor)
University of New England (returning sponsor)
Vessel Services, Inc. (returning sponsor)
Woodard & Curran (new sponsor)
Yankee Ford – Official Vehicle Sponsor (returning sponsor)
The 2018 race beneficiary is WinterKids, a nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. WinterKids (www.winterkids.org) will receive a $30,000 donation from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and also benefit from fundraising and publicity connected to the race.
The TD Beach to Beacon celebrates health, fitness and giving back. In 2017, a record 6,887 runners from 18 countries, 43 states and more than 270 Maine cities and towns finished the winding, rolling, often breathtaking 6.2-mile coastal course. Thousands of spectators cheered runners along the route and at the finish. The race debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners crossing the finish line.
The TD Beach to Beacon attracts a large contingent of world-class athletes from the U.S. and around the world as well as top runners in Maine and New England to compete for more than $90,000 in prize money.
The TD Beach to Beacon is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, who also serves as race director of the B.A.A. Boston Marathon. For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org, and find the TD Beach to Beacon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About ON Semiconductor
ON Semiconductor is driving energy efficient innovations, empowering customers to reduce global energy use. The company is a leading supplier of semiconductor-based solutions, offering a comprehensive portfolio of energy efficient power management, analog, sensors, logic, timing, connectivity, discrete, SoC and custom devices. The company’s products help engineers solve their unique design challenges in automotive, communications, computing, consumer, industrial, medical, aerospace and defense applications. ON Semiconductor operates a responsive, reliable, world-class supply chain and quality program, a robust compliance and ethics program, and a network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and design centers in key markets throughout North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. For more information, visit http://www.onsemi.com.
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. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $199 million and more than 19,400 grants through donations to local nonprofits from Maine to Florida. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including the online grant application, is available at 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 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.
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Finish area photo courtesy of Mike Scott
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