Beach to Beacon: field of women's runners has changed

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Saturday morning world-class athletes plus the top Maine runners will be competing for $60,000. There could be some surprise at the finish line of the 17th annual TD Beach to Beacon.

The defending women's champion, Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya withdrew from the race, as did Emily Chebet from Kenya.

According to race organizers, the Kenyan Olympic Committee did not clear them to compete abroad in a non-track event.

Top American female runners are three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, and Desiree Linden. Top Mainer Erica Jesseman is also vying for a win.

Prize money for the winner of the men's and women's races is $10,000. In all, nearly $60,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top finishers and place winners in the various categories for men and women. Northeast Delta Dental also is providing a $2,500 bonus to any runner who breaks an open course record.

The Beach to Beacon race causes several road closures on Cape Elizabeth. Below are the road closings for this year's event:

Route 77, Sprague Hall to Kettle Cove Road from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Route 77, Kettle Cove Road to Old Ocean House Road from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Crescent Beach State Park from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Route 77, at Hillway from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Old Ocean House Road (all) from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Shore Road south of Fort Williams from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

All of Fowler Road (except shuttle buses) from 7:15 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Scott Dyer Road Eastbound from 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

For runners, there is satellite parking and shuttles. The Beach to Beacon is asking for runners to carpool if possible and to arrive early. After the race, buses will transport runners and spectators back to the Sprague Fields Start Area lots or the Satellite Parking locations. Shuttle buses will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Beach to Beacon said that it is necessary to leave by 1:00 p.m. in order to catch a shuttle. For more information about parking, go to the Beach to Beacon website.


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