Beach to Beacon 10K needs volunteers

The TD Beach to Beacon 10K, perhaps the best known footrace in Maine, is ramping up for its 16th year this summer and run organizers are still seeking volunteers to make it a go.

(Photo courtesy of TD Beach to Beacon 10K)

Just this morning, they still had openings for security, the motorcycle escort team, medical help and race registrations, among many other areas. Click here to see the list and register to volunteer. The race day is Saturday, Aug. 3, but volunteers will be needed for the days leading in as well.

According to event organizers, they need a total of about 800 volunteers for the race, which attracts about 6,000 runners — ranging from amateur locals to elite athletes from around the world — every year.

Among the volunteer jobs highlighted in a recent event announcement were helping runners find shuttle buses from satellite parking lots, handing water to race participants and lending a hand during the Friday night Kid’s Fun Run.

Said race parking coordinator Mike Giallongo in a statement:

The shuttle and satellite parking program has worked quite well since we introduced that program three years ago. About two-thirds of the cars that used to park at the start now use the satellites, which has cut the start area traffic down tremendously. Our volunteers help make that happen.

Also, if you stick with volunteering at the Beach to Beacon long enough, you could end up in the running for some hardware for your trophy shelf without ever having to get through a 10K run. From the recent announcement:

The race also honors a longtime volunteer with a special annual award. The 2012 Volunteer of the Year award went to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Norman Rosenbaum, M.D., who is in his 80s and only keeps his medical license current so he can volunteer in the medical tent each year.

Minors [under age 18] cannot register online and need to download an application from the website. Please call 233-4216 or email bestn92@gmail.com with questions.

At the very least, volunteers get a free T-shirt and invitation to an exclusive vols-only party in Cape Elizabeth.

The race runs from Route 77 near Crescent Beach State Park to Fort Williams Park and the Portland Head Light. Satellite parking lots, complete with the aforementioned shuttle services, will be found at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, the Hannaford corporate lot in Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth high and middle schools.

Seth Koenig

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