August 3, 2013

Race Notebook: Weatherbie steps down as race president after 16 years

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The lead pack of runners pulls away from the rest of the field early in Saturday’s race.

John Ewing/Staff Photographer

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Dave Weatherbie

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No, Weiner wasn't trying anything tricky. He's the videographer for Outside Interactive, a company out of South Easton, Mass., that films race courses for training purposes. The company sells videos of the courses but also has an app for iPhones, iPads or laptops. Runners can then train on a treadmill while watching their pro-gress along the race course.

"It's not easy," said Weiner, who steers the Segway with his knees with a specially-built lever. "By Mile 5 I can't feel my right foot and my knees turn to Jell-O. But it's an awesome job."

Gary McNamee, the president of Outside Interactive, said his company has done this for about 30 races, but this was the first time they filmed a course on race day, so a runner can get the feeling of training with a crowd cheering him or her on.

"We filmed the Boston Marathon, but not on race day," he said. "This is different. It's great to capture the excitement of the race."

McNamee said he got the idea for the video while training to run Boston. "I was on a treadmill trying to do a 20-mile run and going out of my mind," he said.

KAYLA SMITH has been known to dress up for a movie premier or two -- Harry Potter, Transformers.

Running her fourth Beach to Beacon, the 26-year-old Portland woman decided to bring her particular flair for fashion to the race course.

In a black-and-gold tutu, T-shirt and cape, she ran as Batman, the favorite superhero of her 2-year-old son, Jackson Garcia.

The point, Smith said, was to make it easier for him to spot her running. But she didn't deny there was a benefit for her, too.

"It just made it a lot more fun," she said.

FRIENDS OF Amanda Cann have been raising money through road races for years to benefit her niece, Elizabeth Fasciano of New Jersey.

In March, 7-year-old Elizabeth died of brain cancer.

Still, the group was at this year's race, decked in purple, Elizabeth's favorite color.

Now, the money they raise, which was over $15,000 for this race, goes to Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco for children with life-threatening illnesses. Elizabeth had gone there.

CANDACE KARU has the best -- albeit bumpy -- seat to watch the elite women's race.

Karu rides backward on a motorcycle, holding onto the seat with one hand and using a walkie talkie with the other to give live reports to the spectators at the finish line.

The results are often difficult to hear, as each bump in the road makes Karu's voice sound like she's talking while someone's hitting her back.

Emcee Andy Schachat would repeat Karu's reports to the crowd so that they were understandable.

Karu said she loves the excitement, and being in a unique spot.

"I am really the only one who gets to see the entire women's race," Karu said.

THE MEDICAL tent did not receive any runners with major health problems, according to officials, as the cool, cloudy morning prevented most runners from suffering from heat exhaustion.

A few showed up with twisted ankles and muscle strains, but the tent had a light attendance compared to years when the weather is hot and humid.

ONE YEAR race director Dave McGillivray arrived at the starting line shortly after dawn to find a dead skunk in the middle of Bowery Beach Road. This year, he discovered someone had dumped a bunch of gutted and rotting fish about 75 yards in front of the start, on the ocean side of the road.

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Young flag bearers await the flag parade representing the home countries of participants in the race.

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Volunteer Sue Howe of Scarborough places cups of water on a table in the staging area behind the starting line.

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Parker Plourde, 4, of Saco tries to stay dry under a blanket as he waits to see his parents cross the finish line.

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