Beach to Beacon 10K



Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse via FlickrCC Captain Kimo

I  have been in Massachussttes and Maine for a family vacation and knew I could not miss the Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth. Since it was pretty close to where I was staying in Maine, I planned it into my racing schedule. I had raced this a few years ago and had a blast. Cape Elizabeth is a tiny town, but captures New England at it’s finest- picturesque, serene, and friendly. The perfect place for a liesurely stroll along the beach followed by a lobster dinner.

TD Beach to Beacon is Joan Benoit Samuelson’s she grew up near here and is a Mainer. The popularity quickly caught on, and it is a tough one to get into, but if you are lucky enough to do it, I highly recommend it.

Race day turned out to be pretty good conditions with overcast skies and light drizzle.  The gun went off and even though it was a downhill start, I told myself I was not going out too hard. Well, my first mile was 5:00, and I was nowhere near the lead pack. Ouch. It’s nice to start with the men and have a lot more bodies around, though.  I had my eye on Desiree Davila’s back for much of the race, and it seemed to go by pretty quickly because it is such a fun, rolling course. The last mile is the toughest with some hills and winding through the state park. I was thankful it was only a 10k not being acclimated to the heat. The times were smokin’ fast upfront with American Shalane Flanagan just getting edged for the win by a lean by Britain’s Gemma Steele. The men were equally fast with some of the fastest times run on the road this year. I finishes 10th in 33:10 5:21 pace per mile and was pleased. Next stop New Haven 20k in September.

2014 top 10 results


Desi with Hubby Ryan, Francis Coons, and me post-race relaxing.

Joanie and her Coach and mine!- …Bob Sevene

The family surprised me and drove an hour to watch me race. Liv was not pleased.



Blake Russell

Runner, Wife and Mom. Enjoying where the running world has taking me and looking forward to the journey.

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