Race: Beach to Beacon 10k
Runner: Matthew Watras
Race Date: 08/05/2023
Location: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Results: 42:05 time, place: 519 of 6536
Strava Activity Link: https://www.strava.com/athletes/84566308
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
The streets were closed to traffic, making it very easy to run without having to worry about cars.
It was very well organized, Dave McGillivray did an outstanding job.
You can see world class runners in person.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
It is somewhat crowded with runners during the race. The general field is supposed to self seed according to expected pace times, for the most part this worked.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
There are some tight turns toward the end of the race going into Fort Williams Park.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
The finish is in Fort Williams Park, a beautiful place. Also, the chance to see world class runners in person, definitely stick around for the award ceremony. There is also a beer tent.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
Mile one is downhill, save a little for later on the course.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Mile 4 and mile 6, I need to push there.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
If you want to run fast get to the right place in the self seed area at the start. You can warm up going down Black Point Road.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
- Start altitude is 50 feet above sea level
- Finish altitude is 25 feet above sea level
- Highest point on the course is 100 feet above sea level
- Lowest point on the course is 20 feet above sea level
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
It was very well organized, Dave McGillivray did an outstanding job. There were so many volunteers helping out. Everything was very well thought out, including volunteers directing traffic to get to the expo the night before. There were just as many volunteers directing traffic to parking spots at the parking lots.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
This race was founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson. This was the 25th anniversary of the race and world class runners come to compete. It is an extremely strong field.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
Book early, it tends to fill up very quickly.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
Aid stations are about every mile. I am pretty sure the one at mile 5 was handing out gatorade as well as water. A resident of South Portland has a tradition of passing out bacon at his own self made aid station.
Weather and typical race conditions
August tends to be warm.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?
Be prepared for rain or hot weather. It might be cool but certainly not cold.
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Very spectator friendly. The finish is in Fort Williams Park. The lighthouse and coastline are an example of an iconic oceanside location in Maine. The park is quite large, with all of the people running and watching the race it makes for quite a party after the race.
How’s the Swag?
Very good. T shirt, medal, free pictures, finisher certificate. There is also free stuff at the park after the race, shoelaces, towels, $10 gift certificates to dunkin and L.L. Bean.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
10 stars, this is a really great one.