Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
5
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3
SCENERY
4.6
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.2
Joan Benoit Samuelson, a native of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, won the first-ever women’s Marathon at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and is founder and chair of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K. “A long time dream of mine has been realized” says Samuelson. “I’ve always wanted to create a … MORE
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    mak506 FIRST-TIMER '22

    ...and not just because I finally hit a PR I've been working on for a few years either! Where to start? * Amazing, fabulous crowds with signs, sprinklers, hoses, live … MORE

    …and not just because I finally hit a PR I’ve been working on for a few years either! Where to start?

    * Amazing, fabulous crowds with signs, sprinklers, hoses, live music, and encouragement for what felt like the entire course. Having never run a marathon, this was easily the best crowd support I’ve encountered
    * Pretty scenery and decent shade for large portions of the course, though coast doesn’t come into view until near the end
    * Well organized, top to bottom

    Things I didn’t love were for the most part out of control of the organizers: it was a hot, humid day. There are some hills, including in the last mile. Had it been a cooler day, I mightn’t have minded the hills as much. The t-shirt is fine, but I might have preferred the option to have a medal instead, but I know that gets tricky. For whatever reason my shuttle bus let us off over a half mile from the start, which was great for warming up, but might not be everyone’s preference.

    I’m not sure that I’ll run this every year due to the distance from home and cost of having to find a place to stay, but I absolutely loved it and highly recommend it to other runners!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    memories1113 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The was a very organized race. Point to point aren't my favorite but the organization in getting people to and from the race was great. The crowd support on this … MORE

    The was a very organized race. Point to point aren’t my favorite but the organization in getting people to and from the race was great. The crowd support on this race is AMAZING! Many homes with sprinklers and hoses to cool us off because it was very hot! Several spectators had awesome music playing which was very motivating and there was even a live band! The bacon stop around mile 5 was great! Volunteers were spectacular, really appreciated each and every one of them. Highly recommend this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    psara321 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Well organized! T shirts, but no medals. Great finish line views of Portland Headlight and the Atlantic Ocean! Crowds cheering you on the entire course! I've done a lot of … MORE

    Well organized! T shirts, but no medals. Great finish line views of Portland Headlight and the Atlantic Ocean! Crowds cheering you on the entire course! I’ve done a lot of races and never seen a crowd like this! Spectators were playing music and there was even a live band. Water stations every mile. A bacon station on the last mile. Quite a few residents along the course had hoses/sprinklers set up to run through too. This might be my new favorite race!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    b.wise23 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Probably the best organized race I have ever been to and I have been to over 500 races in the past decade. The course was relatively quick and the finish … MORE

    Probably the best organized race I have ever been to and I have been to over 500 races in the past decade. The course was relatively quick and the finish area was great by the lighthouse.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    preciouspups FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was an awesome race and worth traveling for. The course is beautiful and challenging. So challenging that I had my personal worst time and need to do it again … MORE

    This was an awesome race and worth traveling for. The course is beautiful and challenging. So challenging that I had my personal worst time and need to do it again to conquer the course! I definitely didn’t expect the weather to be as hot and humid as it was or that I would have to climb another hill to get to the food after a tough finish.

    Packet pickup could use some help – the lines were not clearly marked and I think I stood in a line I didn’t even need to stand in. People coming in after the opening time were not sure where they were supposed to go and ended up cutting into the lines. For as many participants and vendors, packet pickup should really be open all day and not just 4-8.

    All that said, the support on the course was phenomenal. The whole town comes out to cheer the runners, provide snacks, and encouragement. On top of that, the folks who put out their sprinklers were a Godsend!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 10, 2018 at 7:38pm

    Thanks, Kim! Beach to Beacon is definitely one of those iconic races I'd love to run, if only it weren't so far from California. Then again, that's what vacations are… MORE

    Thanks, Kim! Beach to Beacon is definitely one of those iconic races I'd love to run, if only it weren't so far from California. Then again, that's what vacations are for... :) And ironically enough, sometimes the most memorable races are the personal worsts, I've definitely learned that the hard way 😬. Appreciate your thoughtful review, and hope you get another crack at this one soon! LESS

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