Joan Benoit Samuelson, Maine’s most recognizable athlete who continues to serve as an inspiration for women runners around the world, founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, then known as the Peoples Beach to Beacon, in 1998 to benefit children’s charities in Maine. With the help of the bank, Joan’s efforts quickly elevated the annual race to world-class status. -

Joan Benoit Samuelson Women''s Oly Marathon Trials
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Before I get into how to assist this year's sold-out TD Beach to Beacon Run, here is a preamble behind this renowned 10K.

If you are from Maine, you are probably familiar with the name Joan Benoit Samuelson. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she became the first women's Olympic marathon gold medalist. She won the Boston Marathon in 1979. She founded the TD Beach to Beacon Run which has remarkably benefitted children's charities for almost three decades. Most importantly, she is a Mainer.

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If you'd love to be inspired and find out more about Maine's most famous athlete, a new documentary titled “Joan Benoit Samuelson: A Maine Story” was produced by the Maine Historical Society.

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It highlights not only Joan Benoit's career, but also the infinite highlights of her as a compassionate, incredible human being and Mainer.

Every TD Beach to Beacon Run has a beneficiary. This year's is Preble Street Teen Services. 

Volunteer For the TD Beach to Beach 10K in Maine

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Thousands of runners will take to Cape Elizabeth, Maine for this world-renowned 10K that is been occurring annually for over a quarter century. 2024's race will take place on Saturday, August 3rd, and over 800 local volunteers are needed to make this race happen.

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If you're part of a group that would like to volunteer together, please email their volunteer coordinator. Volunteers come from all over the country to assist with runner registration, course set up, water stations, recycling, parking, and many other jobs.

To become a volunteer and be a part of an incredible experience, click here to get started! There are many spots left!

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