A FIELD of 6,100 runners will take part Saturday in the 13th annual TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K at Cape Elizabeth. Here are some important facts and tips to remember: RACE FOUNDERJoan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth native and 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist RACE MANAGEMENTDave McGillivray Sports Enterprises, Inc. (DMSE) RACE CHARITYTD Bank, through its charitable foundation, will provide a cash donation of $30,000 to Junior Achievement of Maine, a non-profit organization providing economic education programs that help inspire Maine children to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviors of success in a global economy.Offered in more than 100 schools across the state, JA programs reached almost 9,000 Maine students in 2009. Through JA classroom programs and job shadow experiences, JA of Maine brings volunteers from the community face to face with students to make economic concepts relevant, to raise aspirations, and to challenge the students to excel. For more information, visit jamaine.org. KIDS’ FUN RUNChildren’s 1K races will be held at 6 p.m. Friday on the soccer field at Fort Williams. Kids’ races will be run in heats according to age. ROAD CLOSINGS
Route 77: Sprague Hall to Kettle Cove Road (closed 6-10 a.m.) Route 77: Kettle Cove Road to Old Ocean House Road (7:30-10 a.m.) Route 77: at Hillway (7:30-10 a.m.) Crescent Beach State Park (7:30-8:30 a.m.) Old Ocean House Road (7:30-10 a.m.) Shore Road, from Key Bank to Fort Williams (7:30-11 a.m.) Shore Road at post office (7:30-11 a.m.) All of Fowler Road, except shuttle buses (7:15-10 a.m.) Scott Dyer Road, eastbound (7:15-8 a.m.)
PACKET PICKUPConfirmed runners can visit the race expo and pick up packets – which include the bib number, chip and T-shirt – from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday or 2:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Because of the early start time, runners are encouraged to pick up their packets beforehand. If you cannot pick it up before Saturday, you can write a note and have a friend pick it up for you. If there is no way to get your packet before Saturday, you should call race officials at 828-7084 to make arrangements to pick up your number and chip at Sprague Hall near the starting line between 6:30-7:30 a.m. on race day. This will be done on a very limited basis. DIRECTIONS TO PACKET PICKUPFROM THE SOUTH: Take I-95 North to Exit 44 (I-295). Follow to Exit 6A (Forest Avenue South) and bear right before first traffic light through Deering Oaks. Follow signs for Route 77 South. Proceed straight up hill and follow to Casco Bay Bridge. Cross bridge to Route 77 South toward Cape Elizabeth. Turn right at light after IGA to Cape Elizabeth High School.