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Route 77

Route 77

Crescent Beach State Park entrance

Old Ocean House Road

Alewive's Brook Farm

Strip mall

Pond Cove Elementary School

Shore Road

Shore Road

Pond Cove

Fort Williams Park

Finish Line

Tour the Beach to Beacon race course.

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Take an aerial tour of the Beach to Beacon route with commentary from Press Herald staff writer Glenn Jordan.


INTERACTIVE: Christian MilNeil

Next section: Kettle Cove >>

First mile

In the first mile of the 6.2-mile course, through the woods and farm fields near Crescent Beach State Park, the race's 6,000-plus runners jockey for position, with the elite runners at the front of the pack.

Next section: Old Ocean House Road >>

Mile 1.0 to 1.5

In the Kettle Cove area, elite runners will hug the inside of the curve, but Glenn recommends staying right for the jukebox.

Next section: halfway there >>

Mile 1.5 to 1.8

Just before Old Ocean House Road, runners can get relief from the hot sun in the "shower of power."

Next section: Cape Elizabeth village >>

Mile 1.8 to 3.5

Runners re-emerge onto Route 77 at the race's halfway point and pass under a large American flag in front of Town Hall.

Next section: Shore Road >>

Mile 3.5 to 3.7

Passing through Cape Elizabeth's village center, runners take a right turn onto Shore Road.

Next section: Pond Cove >>

Mile 3.7 to 4.4

Leaving Cape Elizabeth's village center behind them, runners enjoy a downhill stretch and a water break at the beginning of Shore Road.

Next section: Fort Williams Park entrance >>

Mile 4.4 to 5.3

Shore Road offers scenic running along Casco Bay and the Robinson Woods preserve.

Next section: finish line >>

Mile 5.3 to 5.8

Glenn recommends the best spots for spectators at Fort Williams.

Mile 5.8 to 6.2

Portland Head Light and Joan Benoit Samuelson give runners a boost in the home stretch.