Beach2Beacon Race Recap

  
Beach2Beacon 10k Race

Each year, this race never ceases to amaze and motivate me with its stunning views, gorgeous, yet challenging course and awesome community support along the course! 

The Story Behind the Race:

Eighteen years ago, Joan Benoit Samuelson -Olympic marathon winning runner, had a vision and a dream to create a race for all levels of runners in her quaint and picturesque hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  For the last eighteen years, Beach2Beacon has drawn nearly 6,500 runners from around the world to tackle the hilly course that hugs the coastline of coastal southern Maine. Beach2Beacon gives back to a different community organization each year! 

My Fourth Year Running Beach2Beacon:

Every year the registration for this race opens to the world during the second week of March. Mark your calendar and set your timer! Registration for this race closes in a mere 4 minutes and 3 seconds! I have been lucky enough to get into this race four years in a row! {note-the 2012 Dry Fit Nike Shirt is missing from the pic- my daughter borrowed it} 

 

Each year runners recieve a beautifully designed Nike Dry Fit Commerative T-Shirt!
 

Prior to Race Day: Packet Pick Up 

My friend and fellow runner, Colleen-LiveFreeAndRun came up to Maine from Boston by train on Thursday. That afternoon we drove over to Cape Elizabeth High School to pick up our race bibs and car magnets! The Expo hosts local Maine businesses and running related companies, including Fleet Feet Sports Maine Running Company 

Colleen and I browsed the vendors and then waited on line for some yummy pasta from the Terra Cotta Pasta Company! This company creates and sells delicious pasta and sauces at their stores in Maine and New Hampshire!

Packet-Pick up is held at Cape Elizabeth High School on Thursday and Friday afternoon! 

Packet-Pick Up Selfie with the 2015 B2B car magnet!

The Beautifully Painted Start Line:

The day before the race, Colleen and I drove down route 77 in Cape Elizabeth, to take pics of the start line! Each year dedicated volunteers repaint the start line and line the race course route with mile markers! 

   
   


Race Day Morning: Saturday Morning August 1, 2015

Beach2Beacon has an 8:10am start time! I always feel like I’m waiting forever for the race to start!  On race morning runners parked at several satellite locations and ride the shuttle buses over to the start line on route 77.  Beach2Beacon is a point-to-point course.  The shuttle buses are well organized and its a smooth trip to the start line area.  

  • Plenty of porta potties at the start line area, however the revere some long lines
  • Tables were available for bag gear check-runners pick up their stuff after the race at buses waiting in the park at Portland Headlight
  • Coffee, water, oranges and bananas were available to runners prior to the start of the race

Pre-Race Selfies on the Shuttle Bus and at the Start Area:

   

 
Lisa from Lisa Runs For Cupcakes and I have run this race together for three years in a row! We became friends three years ago when we met at a Zooma Run Annapolis race. Thank you to Lisa’s husband for taking the picture! 

 

3rd Annual PreRace Photo with Lisa!
 
Racing Goals and Weather:

  • Fourth year running this course-familiarity with the hills
  • The weather has varied the last four years-warm,  cold, cool but humid, and this year 70 degrees and bright sunshine! 
  • My best 10k time on this course is 51:59* from 2013! It was a pretty cool morning back in August of 2013
  • Fourth time for the PR?! 
  • Goal- Negative split to the end! 

 

Photo Source 

Mile Splits:

{ I was too focused on my running, so opted not to take pics along the course this year}

  1. 8:44
  2. 8:39
  3. 8:39
  4. 8:27
  5. 8:16
  6. 8:34

Final time: 52:54 average pace 8:29

  • The hot sun and last hilly incline got the best of me. Looking ahead, I need more hill repeats, strides and weekly spin classes to build up my cardiovascular fitness.
  • Awesome community support along the course! Tons of cheering and motivating signs
  • The Cape Elizabeth community really shows their love and support for this race! 

 

Fre Race Photos from TD Beach2Beacon and GameFace Media
 

Gorgeous Finish Line:

This lighthouse takes my breath away every time! I grew up in Maine and had field trips to this lighthouse! 

  

The Finish Area:

  • Runners walk up the hill from the finish line to get water bottles
  • An assortment of bagels, cheese sticks, yogurt, fresh blueberries and Cliff Bars were available for runners! 

 

Post Race Photo with Gorgeous Views of Casco Bay
  
  

 
In the photo above, taken by Lisa’s husband, we were all pretty hot and sweaty! Colleen and I caught up with Lisa and our friend, Mar from Mar on the Run!

  
Colleen and I decided to cool off in the ocean water! There are picnic tables, walking trails and of course this lovely beach area at Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 

Being a native of Maine, I’m pretty partial to this race! I’m hoping to register again for August 2016. 

Have you run Beach2Beacon? Is this a “Bucket List” race for you? 






2 Replies to “Beach2Beacon Race Recap”

  1. I glanced at the title of this and thought it said Beach to Bacon…. I was thinking ‘a run with Bacon at the end, thats my kind of run!’ lol! Bacon aside though, this does look like a great race with some fab scenery 🙂

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