Course Record: Gilbert Okari, Kenya, 27:27.7 in 2003
Best 10K: 27:51
Of Note: One of the world’s top marathoners, set course record (2:04:40) in winning 2011 London Marathon, running fourth fastest time at that distance.
Best 10K: 27:01
Of note: Former world record holder at 10K (27:01) and an Olympic bronze medalist, Kogo won the 2011 race in 27:47. Gained notice in April with his marathon debut, finishing second (2:10:27) at Boston Marathon.
Best 10K: 27:58
Of note: First time returning to Maine since recording his 10K PR while finishing fourth here in 2007 – the highest ever placing for an American man. Won silver at 2004 Olympics — the first American to medal in the marathon in 28 years — and was fourth last summer in the London Games.
Best 10K: 28:08 (track)
Of note: Two-time Olympian who won the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008 and holds the American record in the half marathon. Will be making his Beach to Beacon debut. Placed 10th in the marathon at the Beijing Olympics and recorded three top-four finishes at the Boston Marathon from 2009-2011. Won the Bay to Breakers 12K earlier this year.
Best 10K: 27:52
Of note: Beach to Beacon runner-up in 2012 (28:01). Also finished fourth in 2010 (27:52). Has PRs of 58:54 for the half marathon and2:08:05 for the marathon.
OTHERS TO WATCH
â€¢ Stephen Kipkosgei-Kibet (26, Kenya)
â€¢ Silas Kipruto (28, Kenya)
â€¢ Dino Sefir (25, Ethiopia)
â€¢ Atsedu Tsegay (21, Ethiopia)
â€¢ Mykola Labovsky (30, Ukraine)
Course Record: Lineth Chepkurui, Kenya, 30:59, 2010
Best 10K: 30:48
Of note: Finished fourth at 10K in the 2008 Olympics. Won 10K at 2009 world championships and was third in 2011.
Best 10K: 30:45
Of note: Returning for second time since shattering course record (30:59) in 2010, the fastest 10K ever in Maine. Chepkurui is ranked 14th in the world by All-Athletics.
Best 10K: 30:38
Of note: An African cross country champion with track speed, taking silver in 1,500 meters at 2011 All-Africa Games.
Of note: One of the most decorated American distance runners over the past decade, she won bronze at the 2004 Olympics and holds the American record in the marathon and half marathon. She first broke Joan Benoit Samuelson’s 18-year-old American marathon record in 2003, then lowered the mark to 2:19:36 in 2006.
Best 10K: 31:57
Of note: Became the first Ethiopian woman to win Beach to Beacon in 2011, then was runner-up at the Boston Half Marathon and New York Mini 10K. Made her marathon debut at 2013 Dubai Marathon with fourth-place finish (2:24:30).
OTHERS TO WATCH
â€¢ Sara Hall (30, USA)
â€¢ Tara Erdmann (24, USA)
â€¢ Diane Nukuri-Johnson (28, Burundi)
â€¢ Buzunesh Deba (25, Ethiopia)
â€¢ Sule Utura (23, Ethiopia)
Course Record: Sheri Piers, Falmouth, 34:17, 2009
Of note: Three-time Maine women’s champion, including the last two years, and division course-record holder (34:17). Top Maine woman again at Boston Marathon(2:39:25), finishing second in masters division.
Of note: Second Maine woman each of the last two years. Set course record of 16:20 at Patriot 5K in May. Also has victories this year at Clam Festival 5-Miler, L.L. Bean 10K and Portland Sea Dogs Mother’s Day 5K.
Of note: Recovering from injuries, has raced infrequently since win at Jimmy The Greek’s 4-Miler in January (23:04). Two-time Maine champ (2008, 2010).
Of note: Won Bridgton 4 on the Fourth (24:20) and placed third at Clam Festival 5-Miler. Fourth in women’s masters division at Boston Marathon (2:48:42).
Of note: Former New England high school cross country champion who just finished her freshman season at the University of Connecticut. Won Kerrymen Pub 5K in March (17:55).
OTHERS TO WATCH
â€¢ Carly Dion (24, Biddeford)
â€¢ Kristine Guaraldo (37, Brewer)
Course Record: Ben True, North Yarmouth, 29:10.3, 2009
Of note: Third in Maine division in 2012. Recent wins include L.L. Bean 10K (31:52), Ocean Park 5K (14:56), and Sea Dogs Father’s Day 5K (15:19). Also was fastest Mainer at Boston Marathon (2:22:53).
Of note: Second among Mainers in 2011 and 2012. Won Clam Festival 5-miler for the third straight year.
Of note: Four-time All-American at Oklahoma. Was 2012 Big 12 champion for 1,500 meters and finished second this year. Two-time America East cross country champion before transferring from Maine.
OF NOTE: Ran season-best time of 13:55.92 for 5,000 meters at Mt. SAC Relays as a junior at Dartmouth. Maine Sunday Telegram high school MVP in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in 2009-10.
RESIDENCE: Cape Elizabeth
OF NOTE: Three-time Division III All-American at Tufts. Won Peaks Island Road Race for third time in four years(25:44). Finished second at Clam Festival 5-Miler and Bridgton 4 on the Fourth.
OTHERS TO WATCH
â€¢ Kirby Davis, 29, Camden
â€¢ Chris Harmon, 25, Scarborough
â€¢ Josh Zolla, 27, Freeport
â€¢ Curtis Wheeler, 27, Presque Isle
â€¢ Andy Spaulding, 42, Freeport