August 4, 2013

Beach to Beacon is 16 and still so sweet

The Beach to Beacon, in its 16th running, continues to amaze the elite runners who travel the world

By Glenn Jordan
Staff Writer

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Silas Kipruto glances over his shoulder Saturday as he and the eventual race winner, Micah Kogo, set the pace early in the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth.

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Runners jockey for position at the start of the race on Route 77.

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Kastor's was the second course record that fell. Earlier, South African native Krige Schabort trimmed the wheelchair mark by more than a minute in 21:53.

Kogo and Chepkirui each received $10,000 from the total prize purse of $60,000. Masters and Jesseman each took home $1,000.

The race's designated beneficiary, The Opportunity Alliance, received a check from the main sponsor, TD Bank, for $30,000.

The sun finally began to break through during the awards ceremony on the top of a hill overlooking the lighthouse. Temperatures that began in the low 60s climbed barely to 70 by the time the last of the 6,244 finishers completed their journey.

"Everybody has a story," Samuelson said, and as if on cue, a burly man with a three-digit bib number thrust out his hand.

"Year 16," he said. "Wonderful race you have here."

"Are you a legacy runner?" Samuelson asked. "Have you run all 16?"

"All 16 years," he confirmed.

"Congratulations," she said, beaming. "That's awesome. That's great."

He returned the smile and continued moving forward, taking the first steps toward Year 17, his reply muffled but determined.

"Greatest race in Maine," he said.


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An officer positioned atop the Portland Head Light added a measure of security after the tragedy of Boston.

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Fryeburg Academy graduate Silas Eastman, right, and Nate Hathaway of Scarborough run through the rain toward the finish line in Fort Williams.

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Race founder and former Olympic marathon champion Joan Benoit Samuelson talks with American elite runner Meb Keflezighi after Saturday’s race.

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