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Popular Beach to Beacon 10K road race sells out in record time

Runners are ready to go, with less than two minutes left before they start the TD Beach to Beacon 10K race, Aug. 2, 2014.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Prospective TD Beach to Beacon 10K runners proved Friday morning they are just as quick with their keyboards and SmartPhones as they are on the roads.

The popular August race, founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1998, sold out in 3 minutes, 43 seconds Friday morning, according to the race website.

Approximately 4,000 bib numbers are held for general registration. Six hundred slots are reserved for residents of Cape Elizabeth, and those numbers filled up Thursday.

Anyone who didn’t get a chance to register Friday morning can enter a lottery, which closes March 20.

Approximately 1,950 bib numbers are available through the lottery, a nonrefundable $5 per runner. Winners will be notified March 22.

The Beach to Beacon not only attracts Maine’s top road racers but some of the top runners in the country and the world.

The 2016 race, the 19th annual event, is scheduled for Aug. 6.

“While you don’t have to be fast to run the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, you do have to be fast to register, as was proven again this year with another record breaking effort,” race president Mike Stone said in a news release. “We want to thank RacePartner, who handles our registration, for making the process as seamless as it is. And thanks to all the runners for getting up early and registering. Good luck and be safe with your training. We look forward to seeing you at the starting line on Aug. 6.”

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