Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Steven Bedsole of Granite State Race Services installs the timing clock at the finish line of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Friday at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth. Holding the ladder is Anita Teschek.
Photos by Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer
Race director Dave McGillivray addresses the media Friday. At right is race co-founder Joan Benoit Samuelson.
John Ewing/Staff Photographer
McGillivray said as much in the news conference. The bombings "increased interest in our sport and did just the opposite of what they tried to accomplish."
Sheri Piers of Falmouth said she has had several friends take up running since April. "They were so affected by what happened then," she said. "They think about the people that were injured and the tragedy."
And there are those, said Piers' close friend and running mate Kristin Barry, who volunteer -- who put up signs and hand out water -- "just because they've heard about the race and they want to be part of it."
Those are the people, said Samuelson, who will continue to make this more than simply a race.
"It's an incredible team," she said. "Every person who is involved with this race, whether they're a sponsor, a volunteer, a host family, a runner, a spectator, every person and every story is so important to this race. It's truly a collective effort.
"It's a community that has gone above and beyond at every level in supporting this event. And what's so great about this event is that it's an uplifting event, an inspiring event.
"There's so much bad news out there. People seem to be able to take a breather and say, 'It's Beach to Beacon week. Let's do what we can to celebrate sport and life and where we live.'"
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