Beach to Beacon president says Cape Elizabeth race will be safe

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted April 16, 2013, at 9:51 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The TD Beach to Beacon 10K and Boston Marathon have many things in common, including the same race director, Dave McGillivray.

In the wake of the tragic bombings that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday, Beach to Beacon president David Weatherbie released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying that the safety of spectators, runners and officials will be the first priority of the race committee this summer.

The 2013 Beach to Beacon is scheduled for Aug. 3 in Cape Elizabeth.

“On behalf of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K race committee, I want to express our deepest sympathies to the victims, their families and friends and all of those who were affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon,” Weatherbie said. “The TD Beach to Beacon 10K has a close relationship with the Boston Marathon.”

Joan Benoit Samuelson, who founded the Beach to Beacon, is a two-time Boston Marathon champion (1979, 1983) and 1984 Olympic gold medalist. Samuelson participated in Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The Beach to Beacon attracts more than 6,000 runners every summer, and its field features some of the best runners in the world in addition to Maine runners battling it out for the unofficial title of the state’s road racing champion.

“We want to assure all of our race participants, volunteers and staff that we will implement and execute security measures to provide a safe and positive experience for everyone,” Weatherbie said.

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