Eleven years after they both won Beach to Beacon, Catherine Ndereba and Khalid Khannouchi returned to Cape Elizabeth for another run on the 10-kilometer course stretching from Crescent Beach to the Portland Head Light.

Ndereba and Khannouchi were among two dozen elite athletes attending a press conference Friday morning under a tent alongside Inn by the Sea, not far from the 1-mile mark of the 13th TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race.

“What brought me back here is, I love this race,” said Ndereba, a five-time champion who returns for the first time since 2004. “For sure, this race has a place in my heart.”

Ed Muge and Irene Limika of Kenya both said they felt healthy and ready to defend their titles. The race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday amid temperatures in the 50s that aren’t likely to climb higher than 74 degrees.

“It looks like a cooler, drier Beach to Beacon, kind of like the first two years, when it was 58 and 60 at the start, under bright blue skies,” said race president David Weatherbie. “I think that will make a lot of people happy.”

Registration for the Kids Fun Run, which begins at 6 tonight and costs $5 per child, is underway at Fort Williams.


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