PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 6,000 people will be running the 2014 TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Saturday. Cheering them on will be 10,000 spectators, including Race Founder Joan Benoit Samuelson.
Samuelson told NEWS CENTER on Wednesday, she's excited about the American field in this year's race.
North Yarmouth native Ben Field last ran the Beach to Beacon in 2009, breaking the Maine Resident course record. He's back this year having trained specifically for the 2014 Beach to Beacon.
Meb Keflezighi is another front-runner, having won the Boston Marathon this year.
Also, Shalane Flanagan who set a Boston Marathon record as the fastest American Woman.
Samuelson says it's those stories and more that make her proud on race day.
"For me, standing at the finish line and seeing the elite runners come across and the runners in the back of the pack who have overcome incredible challenges just to get to the starting line," said Samuelson. "It's very emotional."
Another story coming out of this year's race is about young man who was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He did receive one, and now he's running the Beach to Beacon with his donor. We'll show you that story on NEWS CENTER at 5 & 6 on Thursday.