CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Beach to Beacon 10K celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday, much to the delight of runners and spectators from Maine, and beyond.
UPDATE: Mary Keitany of Kenya finishes first at #TDB2B10K for the second year in a row with a time of 30:41. Sets new women's course record.
Stephen Kosgei-Kibet beats Maine's Ben True by less than a second to win the men's division.
► VIDEO: Winners
Standish's Emily Durgin and North Yarmouth's Ben True are Maine's first finishers.
► VIDEO: FINISH LINE STREAM
The course, once a training route for young Cape Elizabeth resident Joan "Joanie" Benoit, who later went on to win the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984, now serves as the venue for one of the world's most premier annual road races.
Runners from all aspects of life, jubilant yet anxious, begin their 6.2-mile coastal journey northwest of Crescent Beach State Park's trails and sand beach.
For the first mile, runners traverse a flat section of Bowery Beach Road (Route 77) through the northern edge of the park to the Inn by the Sea. Continuing on the same road for Mile 2, runners get a taste for the crowds of motivating fans ahead as they pass by several local businesses and the gateway to Two Lights State Park.
Mile 3 is all Old Ocean Road — a pleasant, narrow loop off Ocean House Road consisting of homes, farmland and cool forest shade. Homeowners along the way typically play music and even get the garden hoses out for hot, humid mornings.
Next, it's back onto Ocean House Road for a stroll through the center of town. Mile 4 takes runners underneath a giant American hung over the road by two ladders from the Cape Elizabeth Fire Department. Hundreds of roaring fans outside the town offices and library direct competitors onto Shore Road — their final turn before an ascent to the beacon.
Mile 5, similar to Mile 3, takes runners past homes with driveways of support. Runners begin to feel a sense of closure arriving as they approach Pond Cove, envisioning the finish line and calibrating their final bursts of energy. But for those who rush reality, a painful consequence awaits in Mile 6…
HILLS! Don't forget the hills. As runners make their way past Robinson Park, Chimney Rock and Delano Park, incline steepens, imposing an unavoidable challenge for those who neglect to leave some in the tank.
A final hill awaits runners at Fort William Park's southwest entrance, the Old Gate, and then, for the last 200 meters, runners enter a chute taking them around the old bunkers and soccer fields, flanked on both sides by an exuberant crowd, passionately inspiring a strong finish. The finish: an iconic view of Portland Head Light.
The Beach to Beacon 10K debuted in 1998 with just over 2,400 runners crossing the finish line. In 2016, more than 6,300 runners from 15 countries, 43 states and a few hundred Maine cities and towns finished — less than a 1,000 short of tripling the inaugural total.
|PAST MEN'S CHAMPIONS||PAST WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS|
|2016||USA||Ben True||28:16||2016||KEN||Mary Keitany**||30:45|
|2015||KEN||Stephen Kosgei Kibet||28:28||2015||ETH||Wude Ayalew||31:56|
|2014||KEN||Bedan Karoki||27:37||2014||GBR||Gemma Steel||31:27|
|2013||KEN||Micah Kogo||28:03||2013||KEN||Joyce Chepkurui||31:23|
|2012||KEN||Stanley Biwott||27:59||2012||KEN||Margaret Wangari-Muriuki||31:52|
|2011||KEN||Micah Kogo||27:48||2011||ETH||Aheza Kiros||32:09|
|2010||ETH||Gebre Gebremariam||27:40||2010||KEN||Lineth Chepkurui||30:59|
|2009||KEN||Ed Muge||28:05||2009||KEN||Irene Limika||32:06|
|2008||KEN||Ed Muge||27:52||2008||KEN||Edith Masai||31:57|
|** Yellow/bold denotes course record|
|PAST MEN'S CHAMPIONS (CON'T)||PAST WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS (CON'T)|
|2007||KEN||Duncan Kibet||27:52||2007||KEN||Luminita Talpos||32:20|
|2006||KEN||Tom Nyariki||27:48||2006||RUS||Alventina Ivanova||31:26|
|2005||KEN||Gilbert Okari||27:38||2005||KEN||Lornah Kipligat||31:34|
|2004||KEN||Gilbert Okari||27:35||2004||KEN||Susan Chepkemei||31:35|
|2003||KEN||Gilbert Okari**||27:28||2003||KEN||Catherine Ndereba||31:53|
|2002||KEN||James Koskei||28:11||2002||MEX||Adriana Fernandez||31:56|
|2001||KEN||Evans Rutto||28:30||2001||KEN||Catherine Ndereba||31:33|
|2000||KEN||Joseph Kimani||28:07||2000||KEN||Catherine Ndereba||32:19|
|1999||MAR||Khalid Khannouchi||27:48||1999||KEN||Catherine Ndereba||32:05|
|1998||RSA||Johannes Mabilte||28:18||1998||KEN||Catherine Ndereba||32:15|
|** Yellow/bold denotes course record|
— FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ON NEWS CENTER —
20 Years Running – A half-hour retrospective special on the race and what it means to Maine.
Not only does the race put the state in an international spotlight, it also gets the community involved on a local level. Each year, a nonprofit youth organization is selected to be the beneficiary of the race.
The Beach to Beacon has become a real family affair for Christine Campbell.
► PHOTOS: 20 Years of Beach to Beacon (1999-2010)
► PHOTOS: 20 Years of Beach to Beacon (2011-2016)