Sunday, December 8, 2013
By Steve Solloway firstname.lastname@example.org
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Volunteers hold out water to runners along Shore Road in Cape Elizabeth during the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Saturday. To some runners, finishing fast is important. To others, just finishing makes them proud. "I learned to power up the hills so I can let gravity take me down the other side," said Mark Gillis, 53, of South Portland.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
Eighteen-year-old Cadyn Wilson, right, of Hallowell walks from the finish line after her first Beach to Beacon race. Wilson hadn't seen the course before running and was shocked when the final hill appeared. "I said, 'wait a second, what's this?' I thought this was the finish!"
Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer
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Linda Carbone-Goodwin, 41, (4,311th) of Silver Lake, N.H., stood off to the side of the chute that led runners away from the finish. She was looking for two friends. Carbone-Goodwin ran Beach to Beacon for the first time last year. She was so excited afterward, she recruited two newbies.
"I decided I wasn't going to tell them anything about the course. I wanted them to experience it fresh, like I did."
Which didn't sit well with Heather Kennedy, 48, (4,971st), a fellow operating room registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H. "She was a jerk," said Kennedy, with some affection. "I like to know what I'm getting into. I wished I knew about that last hill. I would have saved a little extra for it."
Cynthia Shirley, 54, (5,378th) also of North Conway, simply smiled.
Health-care professionals can build up stress. Carbone-Goodwin, in fact, was coming off a 10-hour shift. A run of more than six miles can relieve a lot, if you're prepared.
"I was so pumped for this race," said Carbone-Goodwin. "You see the trees, the rocks, the ocean. It's the most beautiful race I've run. The people cheering ... I was blown away."
Then there was Pastor Tim Owen, 41, (5,811th) of South Portland. "Did you see me beat that guy at the end?" It didn't matter that Owen was running near the rear of this mass of humanity. As the finish line came into view, he and someone he'd never seen before eyeballed each other, and they started to sprint. For a few seconds, this race was just between the two of them. Within seconds, maybe 20 years had melted away from Owen as he raced his rival.
"He fell before the finish line," said Owen, a big man dripping sweat and good will who ministers to the youth at the Nazarene Church of South Portland. "I went back to tell him I was sorry I made us do that."
That's your TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K.
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