August 8, 2010

Beach to Beacon: A perfectly fine time

The stories within the story make for a special race day

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia had the lead as the first pack of runners formed early in the 13th TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday, and when the finish came at Fort Williams Park, it was Gebremariam who was first across the line after outsprinting two Kenyans in the final stretch.

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Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia climbs the ramp to the awards stage Saturday and receives a hand from Dave McGillivray, the race director, after becoming the first non-Kenyan Beach to Beacon winner since 1999. Gebremariam won $10,000.

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In all, 5,671 runners and walkers crossed the finish line, a slight increase from last year. David Weatherbie, the race president, noted that 23 Maine men ran faster than 33 minutes, from Tarpy to Wade Davis of Hallowell, showing remarkable strength in the state's road-racing community.

"I'd be hard-pressed to find a year even close to that," said Weatherbie, who also coaches track and cross country at Cape Elizabeth High. "Look at that depth."

As for the weather, a welcome change from the mostly hot and humid two weeks preceding it, Weatherbie remembered precisely its equal.

"Year 2 was the last time we really had a day like this," he said. "That was 1999."

The best story may have only begun, as the previously unknown Kiprono embarks on a professional career that continues next week at the Falmouth Road Race in Cape Cod and leads who knows where?

"They don't know me," he said with a wide smile about his competitors. "They have never seen someone like me."

As for Ndereba, known as Catherine "The Great" as much for her five Beach to Beacon titles, four Boston Marathon victories and two Olympic silver medals as for her sunny disposition and unyielding determination, she seemed thrilled to be back after a five-year absence.

"I love you," Ndereba gushed to the crowd assembled for the awards ceremony. "I really want you to know you really have a place in my heart."

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

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