Beach to Beacon 10K
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.
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. This number was again improved in 2011, as 5,876 runners were at the starting line. Three-time winner Gilbert Okari is the men's record holder with his time of 27:27.5 from 2003.
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|
|17th||2014||Bedan Karoki (KEN)||27:37.0||Gemma Steel (UK)||31:26.7|
|18th||2015||Stephen Kosgei Kibet (KEN)||28:28.2||Wude Ayalew (ETH)||31:55.5|
|19th||2016||Ben True (USA)||28:16.3||Mary Keitany (KEN)||30:45.0|
- Maine road race fills up in less than 2 hours USA Today, March 16, 2009
- Course record for Chepkurui in Cape Elizabeth 10K. IAAF (2010-08-08). Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
- Kogo and Kiros cruise to 10Km wins in Cape Elizabeth. IAAF (2011-08-07). Retrieved on 2011-08-10.
- List of winners
- Beach to Beacon 10 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2012-08-16). Retrieved on 2012-08-22.
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