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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) - Organizers of Maine's TD Beach to Beacon 10-kilometer running race are painting the race course start line three days before the race itself.

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The starting line is being painted Wednesday on Route 77 near the entrance of Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The race ends at Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park.

The painting of the starting line marks the symbolic start of race week in preparation for Saturday's race. It was originally scheduled for Sunday, but was washed out by rain.

The race each year draws about 6,000 runners and thousands more spectators who line the race course.

The race was founded by Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won the first Olympic women's marathon race in 1984.