It’s only the second week of March, but if you’re thinking about running in the Beach to Beacon 10K road race this summer you’d better head to your computer this weekend.
Race organizers have implemented a new registration process to assure more people get a shot at procuring a bib number.
While the entry fee is the same, $35, there will be three phases for registration at www.beach2beacon.org for the Aug. 7 race, which features a 7,000-runner field.
Phase One, which will kick off Friday at 8 a.m., is for Cape Elizabeth residents only.
These folks will have a 24-hour window to fill 600 spots in the race, and addresses will be verified by race organizers. Any nonresident trying to register as a resident of Cape Elizabeth will be rejected, and anyone who somehow manages to do so will be removed from the entry database without a refund.
The second phase, which will get under way Saturday at 8 a.m., is for the general public. Registration will remain open until 4,000 bib numbers are secured.
The third and final phase will be an online lottery, which will begin once the online registration limit of 4,600 is reached.
Those who go to the Web site to sign up for the race will then be directed to the lottery registration process, which will dish out another 1,500 bib numbers. This period will end at midnight on March 21.
Those who participate in the lottery are limited to one entry, but can include up to two registrants (bib numbers) in said entry. The fee to enter the lottery is $5, or $10 for two bib numbers.
The lottery drawing will take place March 22, with the lucky winners being notified by e-mail.
The rest of the bib numbers will be reserved for people who have participated in all 12 Beach to Beacon races, sponsors, elite athletes and charities. That registration and registration for the Kids Fun Run will start March 23 at 10 a.m.
Camp registration under way
Registration has opened for the second annual Acadian Running Camp, slated for July 25-28 on Mount Desert Island.
The camp is based at the Smuggler’s Den in Southwest Harbor.
Due to the camp’s popularity last summer, a new division for runners who are transitioning from the high school to the college level, has been added.
This week, 29 high school runners and six college-bound runners have signed up, and slots are available for 60 high school athletes and 24 college-bound athletes.
Maine Running Hall of Fame members O.J. Logue and Danny Paul will direct the camp, with other instructors including Pete Bottomley, Riley Masters, Louie Luchini, George Towle, Desiree Sirois, Mary Ann Doss, Judson Cake, Evan Graves and Gary Allen.
The camp is expected to fill quickly, so prospective participants should register as soon as possible. The fee is $200 per person — which must be paid in full by June 1 — and registration forms can be obtained at www.acadianrunningcamp.com.
State meet sites set
Outdoor track and field practices are set to begin in just a couple of weeks. With that, the Maine Principals’ Association has released the sites for this spring’s state championships.
The Class A meet will be held at Cony High School in Augusta, the Class B meet at Windham High School and the Class C competition at Foxcroft Academy. All are scheduled for June 5.