Recent winter weather suggests that summer may seem like a lifetime away, but runners can start thinking about warm, sunny days by looking ahead to the 2011 TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K.
That’s because registration for the popular race, set for Aug. 6 in Cape Elizabeth, gets under way on March 14 at 7 a.m.
The registration process will be similar to the one used last year, with online registration for Cape residents taking place on March 14, while registration for the general public will start a day later, also at 7.
A limit of 4,000 bib numbers will be available to the general public, while the remaining 1,750 spots will be distributed via lottery, with provisions for couples and families being made in the process.
Registration for the lottery will take place March 15-22, with the drawing being held on March 23. Race organizers are charging a $5 fee to enter the lottery.
Prospective runners are urged to register quickly, as the allotment of Cape runners filled in 21 minutes last winter, while online registration for the general public lasted a mere 32 minutes before all the slots were filled.
All registration will take place at www.beach2beacon.org, with fees being set at $40.
“We made a significant change in the registration process last year and feel overall it went well, so we are staying the course,” race president Dave Weatherbie said in a press release. “Also, we are pleased to be able to expand the number of lottery slots this year to accommodate more runners.”
After bib numbers have been distributed amongst Cape residents, the general public and the lottery, the remaining numbers will be set aside for runners who have run in every Beach to Beacon, along with sponsors, elite runners and charities.
Race organizers will accept 7,200 registrations this year, again targeting a race-day field of 6,000. A record 5,672 runners finished the race last year.
Maine Games, USATF team up
The Maine Games and the state’s association of USA Track and Field will join forces this summer to create a showcase track and field meet, which will be held at the University of Maine in Orono on June 25.
The partnership marks the return of the sport to the Maine Games.
“The Maine Games is very excited to have an organization such as USA Track and Field, through our state chapter, as a supporting partner this year,” Maine Games executive director Jeff Scully said in a press release. “This association will provide us with their expertise in creating a meet that all Maine track and field athletes can be proud of.”
Amateur athletes of all ages are expected to compete in the 2011 Maine Games Track and Field Championships. The meet will serve as a state qualifier for the 2011 and 2013 State Games of America, which will be held in San Diego later this year and Hershey, Pa., in 2013. Medalists from this year’s event will automatically qualify to compete in the State Games of America Aug. 4-7, with the opening ceremonies to be held at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the NFL’s Chargers.
For more information on the event, log onto www.mainegames.org.