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Beach to Beacon August 1st road closures and parking info
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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Here is the list of winners of the 2015 Beach to Beacon 10k road race.

Wheelchair Division, Men:J ames Senbeta, Champaign, IL

Wheelchair Division, Women: Christina Kouros, Cape Elizabeth

Winner, Elite Men: Stephen Koskei Kibet

Winner, Elite Women: Wude Ayalew, Ethiopia

First American Man to cross finish line: Eric Jenkins

First Maine man to cross finish line: Ben Decker, Yarmouth

First Maine woman to cross finish line: Erica Jesseman

Here are the listed closures and other race-day information for Saturday's Beach to Beacon.

Road Closings

On race day, the following roads will be closed to traffic (except shuttle buses):

Rte. 77, Sprague Hall to Kettle Cove Road closed 6 to 10 a.m.
Crescent Beach State Park will not be accessible until 9 a.m.
Rte. 77, Kettle Cove Road to Old Ocean House Road closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Old Ocean House Road (all) closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Rte. 77, at Hillway closed 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Shore Road south of Fort Williams closed at 7:30 a.m.
All of Fowler Road (except shuttle buses) closed 7:15 to 10 a.m.
Scott Dyer Road eastbound closed 6:45 to 8 a.m.
Race details outlined for 2015 TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 1 in Cape Elizabeth.

Safety for Spectators Along the Course

Race organizers are reminding spectators and volunteers along the course to stay completely off the course roads as of 7:55 a.m. – also no walkers in the road at that point as well. Spectators along the course will first see police motorcycles, then wheelchair athletes and then two large press trucks come through side by side, so children, pets and other spectators need to be totally out of the roadway. Also, between mile 4 and 5, one press truck departs to the finish to arrive before the first athletes cross, so spectators need to be especially clear of the road after Mile 4. Motorcycles also follow the elite athletes and need to have the entire road as well.

Bike Parking at the Fort Williams

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is providing free and secure bicycle parking at Fort Williams with shuttle bus service for runners to the starting line. The complimentary bike service will be located inside Fort Williams Park, look for signage. Runners can drop off their bikes at Fort Williams starting at 6 a.m. and need to pick them up by 2 p.m. Bike parking helps cut down on road congestion and lightens the CO2 footprint of the race. Those interested in the service are asked to register at http://www.beach2beacon.org/bike-valet-program and for more information, email info@afitplanet.com.

Shuttle Bus Services

'Park and Ride' is an increasingly popular option for runners. Satellite parking and shuttle bus services to the Start Line will be provided from 6 to 7 a.m. at the following locations:

Southern Maine Community College at 2 Fort Road in South Portland
Hannaford corporate offices at 145 Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough
Cape Elizabeth Middle School and High School at 343 Ocean House Road
Shuttle buses will return to these locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Fort Williams after the race.

Also, there is no parking for runners at Fort Williams as parking there is restricted to media, sponsors, staff and spectators, who are advised to carpool and to arrive prior to 7:15 a.m. since Shore Road closes at 7:30 a.m. Entrance to the Fort from Cottage Road in South Portland, however, will remain open throughout the morning.

Race organizers are encouraging the 'park and ride' option and carpooling for everyone driving into the area on race day as a way to further reduce vehicle congestion and carbon emissions.


Race details outlined for 2015 TD Beach to Beacon 10K on Aug. 1 in Cape Elizabeth.

Runner Drop Off on Race Morning

Carpooling or the use of satellite lots for runner drop off is encouraged on race morning to avoid road congestion near the start. Runners are required to be at the start line by 7:30 a.m., however, it is recommended to arrive by 6:30 a.m. to avoid heavy traffic. Roadside parking is not allowed.

Parking at the Start

Runner parking near the Start Line will be provided at Sprague Fields located at Fowler and Ram Island Farm roads, where this year organizers say off-loading of runners at Fowler Road will have a dedicated debarkation area to ensure safer runner movement through the intersection.

Information provided by Wolfe NewsWire


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