By all accounts, the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, which was founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79, was a complete success, with about 6,000 participants taking on the heat, humidity and hills Saturday in Benoit Samuelson’s native Cape Elizabeth. Leading up to race day, Benoit Samuelson was coy about who her running mates would be, saying only, “we all inspire each other.”
But 28 years (and one day) after winning the gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Marathon, and in honor of the 15th running of the Beach to Beacon, the bibs were on and the secret was out: Benoit Samuelson completed the race alongside L.L. Bean Chairman Leon Gorman ’56, sporting bib #1, and fellow marathon legends Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter. Rodgers is a former Olympian and four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon; Shorter won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. The foursome ran Gorman’s 11-minute pace to finish together. Race results and more information on the TD Beach to Beacon 10K website.