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Erica Jesseman is 22 and has been training with the past champions as she acclimates to life after college. She figures to be a Maine favorite Saturday.
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Kristin Barry was the top Maine female finisher twice but could be hampered by knee surgery she underwent in April.
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THE BIG RACE
WHAT: The 14th Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race
WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday
WHERE: Cape Elizabeth
START: Route 77 near Crescent Beach
FINISH: Fort Williams
RECENT MAINE WINNERS
2010: Pat Tarpy and Kristin Barry
2009: Ben True (course record, 29:10) and Sheri Piers (course record 34:17)
2008: Ben True and Kristin Barry
2007: Ayalew Taye and Emily Levan
Among the younger runners nipping at Luchini's heels are Jonny Wilson and Ethan Shaw of Falmouth and Joshua Zolla of Freeport.
Wilson, 23, is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia who has been the summer's hottest local road racer. Last month alone he won Bridgton, Springvale, Clam Festival and Ocean Park.
Shaw, who was two years behind Wilson at Falmouth High, has been training in Hanover, N.H., where this fall he will be a senior at Dartmouth College. He has broken 30 minutes on the track for 10,000 meters.
Shaw, who placed fourth among Maine men a year ago, will be running with some college teammates and treating the race as a hard tempo run.
"If I get caught up in it a little bit I might run a decent time," he said. "But I'm not looking to run anything spectacular."
Zolla, 25, won a 10K in Freeport last month and was runner-up to Wilson in Yarmouth and Old Orchard Beach.
For the first time in memory, the wheelchair division also has a significant local presence, with Christina Kouros of Cape Elizabeth, Catherine Jalbert of Brewer and Michael Noyes of Bangor among the five athletes entered.
"It's such an exciting race to have in Maine," Luchini said. "The spectators are awesome. When I was training, this would be the down time for me, but my brother and I would go and watch it most years, just because it's such a great event."
Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at: email@example.com
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Sheri Piers was the top Maine female in the 2009 edition of the Beach to Beacon and won July's L.L. Bean 10K.
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