CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thirty years ago Joan Benoit Samuelson won a gold medal for the first women's Olympic marathon on this day August 5, 1984.
A year later, she made history by winning the 1985 Chicago Marathon in an American-record time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 21 seconds.
Joan Benoit Samuelson is founder and chair of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K. The 6.2-mile run, starting at Crescent Beach and ending at Portland Head Light, the nation's first commissioned lighthouse is the largest road race ever in Maine. This race in Cape Elizabeth draws runners from all parts of the U.S. and elite athletes from around the world.