2017-05-12 / Community News

Beach to Beacon High School Mile accepting applications

Applications are being taken for the second annual Beach to Beacon High School Mile, a showcase event for top young runners from across Maine who want to compete against their peers on Aug. 4 in Cape Elizabeth.

The top 20 boys and girls, based on their qualifying times, will be invited from the pool of applicants to take part in the event on Friday afternoon in Fort Williams, which will kick off race weekend for the special 20th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K the next morning (Aug. 5).

The B2B High School Mile is a two-loop course beginning near the Port- land Head Light and ending across the official TD Beach to Beacon finish line in Fort Williams. Last year’s inaugural race set a tone for the event, featuring Olympians, special singlets for the runners and more than 400 enthusiastic spectators. The winners were seniors Tia Tardy of Lincoln and John Hassett of Castine, both multi-state champions in Maine.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting first event in 2016 and we’re looking forward to expanding on that success this year,” said Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Maine native and Olympic gold medalist who founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K. “Our aim with the B2B High School Mile is to celebrate the achievements of dedicated and passionate high school track and cross country athletes from throughout Maine. We hope to attract the best and then bring out their best.”

The event is open to all Maine high school runners entering their senior, junior or sophomore years who met the following qualifying standard during the 2016-17 school year: for boys, 5:00 (or sub 17:30 for the 5K), and girls, 6:15 (or sub 20:30 for the 5K).

Interested and eligible athletes can apply at www.beach2beacon.com/mile through June 30.

Runners can use their cross country, indoor or outdoor track times – and if they improve their time between now and the application deadline, they can submit an updated time.

Forty athletes from the pool of applicants will then be invited to participate based on verification of the times they submit. Runners will be seeded and compete in four heats of 10 runners, two for boys and two for girls. Medals will be awarded to the top three boys and girls overall.

The High School Mile is open to spectators and will precede the annual Kid’s Fun Run on the soccer field at Fort Williams.

Nike will provide uniforms for all participating athletes. Each race will be scored and timed using the Finish- Lynx timing system. Renowned race announcer Toni Reavis, known as “The Voice of Running in America,” will introduce the athletes and call each race.

The inaugural B2B High School Mile included a pre-race mini Olympic torch ceremony featuring Samuelson and three-time Olympian Craig Virgin; race starters Ben True, a Maine schoolboy legend who went on the win the TD Beach to Beacon the next day and Jordan Hasay, one of the most celebrated high school runners ever who finished third at the Boston Marathon last month; and a post-race medal ceremony at the TD Beach to Beacon finish line.

In addition to receiving words of encouragement and inspiration from Samuelson and Virgin, the high school runners were able to meet and speak to True and Hasay. Even more interaction with world-class athletes is expected this year.

For more information, high school athletes and track coaches are asked to contact B2B High School Mile Coordinator Morgan Lake Adams at mlakeadams@gmail.com.

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