World-class Beach to Beacon 10K, once a training route, turns 20


Beach to Beacon 10K: A 20-Year Run None

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Beach to Beacon 10K celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday, much to the delight of runners and spectators from Maine, and beyond.

UPDATE: Mary Keitany of Kenya finishes first at #TDB2B10K for the second year in a row with a time of 30:41. Sets new women's course record.

Stephen Kosgei-Kibet beats Maine's Ben True by less than a second to win the men's division.

► VIDEO: Winners

Mens division winner for the B2B None

Standish's Emily Durgin and North Yarmouth's Ben True are Maine's first finishers. 


| Unofficial Results |

2017 Beach to Beacon Results via CoolRunning


| 2017 TD Beach to Beacon Photos |

The course, once a training route for young Cape Elizabeth resident Joan "Joanie" Benoit, who later went on to win the first women's Olympic marathon in 1984, now serves as the venue for one of the world's most premier annual road races.






6.2 miles of greatness

Runners from all aspects of life, jubilant yet anxious, begin their 6.2-mile coastal journey northwest of Crescent Beach State Park's trails and sand beach.

For the first mile, runners traverse a flat section of Bowery Beach Road (Route 77) through the northern edge of the park to the Inn by the Sea. Continuing on the same road for Mile 2, runners get a taste for the crowds of motivating fans ahead as they pass by several local businesses and the gateway to Two Lights State Park.

Mile 3 is all Old Ocean Road — a pleasant, narrow loop off Ocean House Road consisting of homes, farmland and cool forest shade. Homeowners along the way typically play music and even get the garden hoses out for hot, humid mornings.

Next, it's back onto Ocean House Road for a stroll through the center of town. Mile 4 takes runners underneath a giant American hung over the road by two ladders from the Cape Elizabeth Fire Department. Hundreds of roaring fans outside the town offices and library direct competitors onto Shore Road — their final turn before an ascent to the beacon.

Mile 5, similar to Mile 3, takes runners past homes with driveways of support. Runners begin to feel a sense of closure arriving as they approach Pond Cove, envisioning the finish line and calibrating their final bursts of energy. But for those who rush reality, a painful consequence awaits in Mile 6…

HILLS! Don't forget the hills. As runners make their way past Robinson Park, Chimney Rock and Delano Park, incline steepens, imposing an unavoidable challenge for those who neglect to leave some in the tank.

A final hill awaits runners at Fort William Park's southwest entrance, the Old Gate, and then, for the last 200 meters, runners enter a chute taking them around the old bunkers and soccer fields, flanked on both sides by an exuberant crowd, passionately inspiring a strong finish. The finish: an iconic view of Portland Head Light.


From near and afar, fast and determined

The Beach to Beacon 10K debuted in 1998 with just over 2,400 runners crossing the finish line. In 2016, more than 6,300 runners from 15 countries, 43 states and a few hundred Maine cities and towns finished — less than a 1,000 short of tripling the inaugural total.

2016 USA Ben True 28:16 2016 KEN Mary Keitany** 30:45
2015 KEN Stephen Kosgei Kibet 28:28 2015 ETH Wude Ayalew 31:56
2014 KEN Bedan Karoki 27:37 2014 GBR Gemma Steel 31:27
2013 KEN Micah Kogo 28:03 2013 KEN Joyce Chepkurui 31:23
2012 KEN Stanley Biwott 27:59 2012 KEN Margaret Wangari-Muriuki 31:52
2011 KEN Micah Kogo 27:48 2011 ETH Aheza Kiros 32:09
2010 ETH Gebre Gebremariam 27:40 2010 KEN Lineth Chepkurui 30:59
2009 KEN Ed Muge 28:05 2009 KEN Irene Limika 32:06
2008 KEN Ed Muge 27:52 2008 KEN Edith Masai 31:57
** Yellow/bold denotes course record
2007 KEN Duncan Kibet 27:52 2007 KEN Luminita Talpos 32:20
2006 KEN Tom Nyariki 27:48 2006 RUS Alventina Ivanova 31:26
2005 KEN Gilbert Okari 27:38 2005 KEN Lornah Kipligat 31:34
2004 KEN Gilbert Okari 27:35 2004 KEN Susan Chepkemei 31:35
2003 KEN Gilbert Okari** 27:28 2003 KEN Catherine Ndereba 31:53
2002 KEN James Koskei 28:11 2002 MEX Adriana Fernandez 31:56
2001 KEN Evans Rutto 28:30 2001 KEN Catherine Ndereba 31:33
2000 KEN Joseph Kimani 28:07 2000 KEN Catherine Ndereba 32:19
1999 MAR Khalid Khannouchi 27:48 1999 KEN Catherine Ndereba 32:05
1998 RSA Johannes Mabilte 28:18 1998 KEN Catherine Ndereba 32:15
** Yellow/bold denotes course record


We're all in it together


20 Years Running – A half-hour retrospective special on the race and what it means to Maine.

Not only does the race put the state in an international spotlight, it also gets the community involved on a local level. Each year, a nonprofit youth organization is selected to be the beneficiary of the race.

Beach to Beacon 10K helping nonprofits for 20 years

The Beach to Beacon has become a real family affair for Christine Campbell.

Beach to Beacon 10K a special day for family from Westbrook (207)


20 years of memories

PHOTOS: 20 Years of Beach to Beacon (1999-2010)

PHOTOS: 20 Years of Beach to Beacon (2011-2016)

| WHAT'S NEW FOR 2017 |

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better

  • New race logo designed specifically for the 20th running
  • For the first time, all race-sanctioned events, parties and activities held at Fort Williams.
  • Shipyard Brewing Co. created limited-edition TD Beach to Beacon can – now in stores - for its popular Export Ale to celebrate the 20th running.
  • Maine Magazine partnered with the race to produce a special full-length edition devoted to the 20th TDB2B. All registered runners and OC members receive a free copy.
  • Registered runners receive a keepsake poster of MECA student Kirk Simpson’s winning design celebrating the 20th running.
  • Race Founder and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will join the field for only the fourth time in race history.
  • For the first time in race history, tech shirts provided to registered runners by Nike will be a color other than white.
  • Runners along the course to enjoy an enhanced music experience, including more music stations and pulsating energy.
  • All finishers receive a medal made of metal and featuring translucent effects evoking the elements of sea glass, plus a key chain attachment
  • Each legacy runner receives a hat from Nike embossed with the race logo
  • All volunteers and Organizing Committee (OC) members receive a lapel pin with a similar design to the finisher medal
  • T-shirts for the 20th Kids Fun Run designed by a third-grader Lucy Shaw as part of a design contest at Pond Cove School in Cape Elizabeth


All you need to know

Bib Number Search

Past Champions | Top 10 Finishers | Major Category Winners

Year-by-Year Recap

Fact Sheet

2017 Runners Guide

Last year's results

► Beach to Beacon on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment