CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There is no other event like it in Maine. Saturday, runners from all over the world will race from Crescent Beach to Fort Williams (home of the beacon of the race's title -- the Portland Head Light). A fresh Start Line was painted onto the pavement on Route 77 earlier this week.
A field of 6,000 is expected to line up bright and early for this year's TD Beach to Beacon 10K . As always, the Wheelchair Division will lead the way at 7:55am. The elite runners take off at 8:05, followed by everyone else.
This year, race founder and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will be among the pack. Race organizers say she will go along at "a leisurely pace". She will be joined by fellow marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter, legendary marathoner Bill Rodgers, and LL Bean Chairman Leon Gorman.
NEWS CENTER'S live coverage of the race begins with the Morning Report. Meteorologist Keith Carson will be assessing race day conditions at the Finish Line, where he will broadcast live. He says runners should be prepared for warm and humid conditions.
Viewers can watch all runners cross the Finish Line at WCSH's digital channel (6.2 or Time Warner channel 166). That live camera will also be streamed on WCSH6.com, along with a live view of the midpoint of the race (from the corner of Route 77 and Shore Road).
Once the race results have been released, you can find a complete searchable database of results on WCSH6.com as well.