Founded by Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson in 1998, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, held in Samuelson’s hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, has become one of the top 10K road races in the U.S. Samuelson retained Dave McGillivray and his team at DMSE Sports to serve as the event’s race director and has since called McGillivray "the most organized and gifted race director in the world." Elite runners from all over the world, as well as top runners from New England and across the U.S., make the race in high demand, with the online registration portion of the race filling in less than 5 minutes in mid-March. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of this prestigious and beloved road race. Locals and visitors alike will enjoy themselves immensely whether they choose to spectate or participate.
The course begins near Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth and winds along tree-lined roads and past dramatic ocean vistas before ending 6.2 miles later in Fort Williams next to Portland Head Light, the nation’s first commissioned lighthouse and also the most photographed lighthouse in America. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K attracts almost 6,500 runners, making it the largest road race in the Pine Tree State, who are cheered by thousands of spectators lining the course and assisted by 800+ volunteers. Held along the stunning Maine coastline on the first Saturday of every August, the event promotes and celebrates health, fitness and giving back.