August 3, 2013

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

From staff reports

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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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"People ask about the beach in Beach to Beacon," McGillivray said. "I guess we brought the beach to the starting line."

A highway department crew removed the mess and spread a substance similar to kitty litter over the area in an effort to absorb the odor.

ALEXI PAPPAS, the runner/film writer and Dartmouth College graduate, drew some attention at the starting line.

Not all elite runners have their breakfast just before the horn sounds to begin the race.

Pappas was enjoying a blondie -- butterscotch brownie -- from Scratch's Baking Company in South Portland.

"I always get a different baked good before the start of a race," said Pappas after finishing 10th among the elite women in her first 10K road race. Enjoying a blondie or cupcake or eclair can take the edge off nerves.

SOME IN THE Beach to Beacon 10K community remembered Joseph Kimani of Kenya, the 2000 race winner. Kimani passed away nine months ago from pneumonia.

He was 40.

The Bob Harrison family of Cape Elizabeth hosted Kimani.

"He took his running very seriously but he was fun to be around," said Harrison.

Among his Kenyan running friends, Kimani was known for sleeping 13 or 14 hours, waking up and entertaining friends with his deep laugh.

Kimani's victory in 2000 was overshadowed by the women's finish when Catherine Ndereba beat Libbie Hickman by one-hundredth of a second. Hickman, trying to become the first American winner, believed she had won. She broke the tape first, but Ndereba's foot with the computer chip in the running shoe touched the mat first, registering a faster time.

- Staff Writers Mike Lowe, Glenn Jordan, Steve Solloway, Leslie Bridgers and Joe Lawlor contributed to this report.

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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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