Beach to Beacon 10K

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The finish line of the race with Portland Headlight in the background.

The Beach to Beacon 10K is a 10-kilometer (6.2 mi) road running event that takes place along the coastline of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. It begins at Crescent Beach State Park and ends at the Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park.

Starting out as mainly a local event, athletes from all over the U.S. and various parts of the world now participate in the annual event, including some world-class distance runners, including Olympic Marathon Silver medalists Catherine Ndereba and Meb Keflezighi, as well as Chicago Marathon winner Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot. It was founded by U.S. women's marathon runner, Joan Benoit Samuelson, who in 1984, won the first ever women's Olympic marathon. 1998 was the first year that the event was held and over 3000 runners participated in the race. The event was sponsored by then, People's Heritage Bank, which changed parent companies. Now the event is formally known as the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10k. The 2009 race event registration filled in just 1 hour 45 minutes.[1]

The race is managed by DMSE, Inc. whose president, Dave McGillivray, directs the Boston Marathon and more than 30 other races each year.

A then-record 5,668 runners participated in the event in 2010, which saw Lineth Chepkurui improve the women's course record by almost half a minute.[2] This number was again improved in 2011, as 5,876 runners were at the starting line.[3] Three-time winner Gilbert Okari is the men's record holder with his time of 27:27.5 from 2003.

Past winners[edit]

Catherine Ndereba has won the women's race on five occasions.

Key:       Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1998  Johannes Mabitle (RSA) 28:18  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 32:15
2nd 1999  Khalid Khannouchi (MAR) 27:48  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 32:05
3rd 2000  Joseph Kimani (KEN) 28:07  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 32:19
4th 2001  Evans Rutto (KEN) 28:30  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 31:34
5th 2002  James Koskei (KEN) 28:11  Adriana Fernández (MEX) 31:56
6th 2003  Gilbert Okari (KEN) 27:27.5  Catherine Ndereba (KEN) 31:52.5
7th 2004  Gilbert Okari (KEN) 27:35.0  Susan Chepkemei (KEN) 31:35.1
8th 2005  Gilbert Okari (KEN) 27:38.7  Lornah Kiplagat (NED) 31:35.0
9th 2006  Thomas Nyariki (KEN) 27:47.5  Alevtina Ivanova (RUS) 31:25.7
10th 2007  Duncan Kibet (KEN) 27:51.7  Luminița Talpoș (ROM) 32:20.3
11th 2008  Edward Muge Kiprotich (KEN) 27:52.4  Edith Masai (KEN) 31:55.6
12th 2009  Edward Muge Kiprotich (KEN) 28:04.5  Irene Limika (KEN) 32:05.8
13th 2010  Gebregziabher Gebremariam (ETH) 27:40.4  Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 30:59.4
14th 2011  Micah Kogo (KEN) 27:48  Aheza Kiros (ETH) 32:09
15th 2012  Stanley Biwott (KEN) 28:00  Margaret Wangari Muriuki (KEN) 31:52
16th 2013  Micah Kogo (KEN) 28:04  Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 31:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maine road race fills up in less than 2 hours USA Today, March 16, 2009
  2. ^ Course record for Chepkurui in Cape Elizabeth 10K. IAAF (2010-08-08). Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  3. ^ Kogo and Kiros cruise to 10Km wins in Cape Elizabeth. IAAF (2011-08-07). Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
List of winners

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