Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Diane Nukuri Johnson attended the University of Iowa after representing Burundi in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Allan Kiprono of Kenya, who placed second in the Beach to Beacon last year in his American road racing debut, fills out his registration forms with another Kenyan, Lani Rutto.
Photos by Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
BOAZ CHEBOIYWO, a late entrant, is making his fourth appearance in Cape Elizabeth. He placed fifth in 2008, second in 2009 and eighth last year.
"I would like to go one step further," he said while receiving a massage. "I'd like to win this race."
Cheboiywo, 33, lives in Michigan. After a down year, he said his training has picked up considerably the past two months and he might be in the thick of things today.
"It's good to be the underdog," he said, "not to be the hunted one."
PORTLAND HAD the most in-state registrants for the Beach to Beacon, with 912, according to numbers supplied by Jason Wolfe, the race's public relations guru. Cape Elizabeth followed with 829, then Scarborough (428) and South Portland (423).
Madawaska was the northernmost point, with two entries, while Kittery was the southernmost point with seven.
In all, runners from more than 200 Maine cities and towns will run the race.
PIERS, BARRY and Jesseman have been training together all summer and look to be the top contenders for the Maine women's championship.
But winning that division is not really that important to them.
"Our goal is to have our best times and run together," said Jesseman, the recent New Hampshire grad, who at 22 is 15 years younger than Barry and 18 years younger than Piers.
So winning really isn't important?
"If I won and had a slow time, I'd be disappointed," said Jesseman. "It's all about the time.
"Yeah," said Piers, "I'd rather be third and run a (personal best) than win it with a slow time. I think for all of us, the Maine title is not what this is about."
Jesseman is thrilled to be running with Piers and Barry, and said she's looking to join them at longer distances.
Even though she doesn't like the distance training right now -- she's still got some speed in her young legs -- she wants to run a marathon with them.
"I would really like to qualify to run with them in Houston (at the U.S. Olympic trials in January)," she said.
"In a couple of years, (the marathon) will be my main focus.'
-- Staff Writer Mike Lowe contributed to this report.