2014 TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K VIEWS FROM THE LEAD TRUCK

Cape Elizabeth, ME. —  The 17th TD Beach to Beacon 10K produced gut churning races and personal bests galore despite humidity that was as thick as a Downeast Mainers accent  in the hometown to race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson.

While calling the race from the men’s lead vehicle I had my trusty Sony camera in hand, and though I’m no Victah in terms of photog excellence, the pics below at least capture some of the intensity on display.  With the Lobster Bake still on the evening docket, I’ll have to wait till the morrow to write a more complete appraisal of the day’s events. Till then…

 

Ready to Roll near Crescent Beach State Park

Ready to Roll near Crescent Beach State Park

 

The goal, Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park, oldest commissioned light house in America

The goal, Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park, oldest commissioned light house in America

Race Founder Joan Benoit Samuelson addresses the field.

Race Founder Joan Benoit Samuelson addresses the field.

Kenya's Bedan Karoki leads them out, 4:20 first mile.

Kenya’s Bedan Karoki leads them out, 4:20 first mile.

North Yarmouth, Maine native Ben True hangs with the pack.

North Yarmouth, Maine native Ben True hangs with the pack.  Training partner Sam Chelanga up front #7.

Pack well formed

Pack well formed with Karoki stating his case early

 

Two miles 8:49, 4:29 split.  Bedan Karoki,

Two miles 8:49, 4:29 split. #6 Bedan Karoki, #14 Stephen Kibet, #7 Sam Chelanga, #1 defending champion Micah Kogo, stiped shirt Patrick Makau, hidden behind Kogo is Emmanuel Bett with Ben True holding strong.

Two year 4th placer Stephen Kibet, #14, moves into front row.

Two year 4th placer Stephen Kibet, #14, moves into front row.

Kibet and Karoki pull away on Old Ocean House Road after 13:43 5K, Ben True and Patrick Makau behind

Kibet and Karoki pull away on return to Rte. 77 after 13:43 5K split on Old Ocean House Road, Ben True and Patrick Makau behind

 

5K in 13:43

Kibet pressuring Karoki with True and Patrick Makau in 3rd and 4th.  Kibet was 4th in 2013 and 2012, 2nd in 2010.  Karoki has Pr’d at 5000, 10,000, and half marathon in 2014, winning World’s Best 10k and Lisbon Half among others.

Heading toward 4 miles

Heading toward 4 miles

Strung out along Shore Road

Strung out along Shore Road, Kibet on the accelerator

Joanie's likeness adorns the Portland Head Light, two of the most famous icons in Maine.

Joanie’s likeness adorns the Portland Head Light, two of the most famous icons in Maine.

Ben True in 3rd

Ben True in 3rd

4 miles passes in 17:38, 4:23 4th mile. Ben True now into third place along Shore Road.

4 miles passes in 17:38, 4:23 4th mile. Ben True hanging tought along Shore Road. Kibet trying like mad to put some distance on Karoki.

The battle joined

The battle joined

An intense battle for the lead between Karoki and Kibet.

The intensity of full out racing rages between Karoki and Kibet.

Toya and our host family, Bill and Linda Nickerson await at the finish with Meb's wife Yordanos just behind with daughters Sara and Fiyori.

Toya and our host family, Bill and Linda Nickerson await at the finish with Meb’s wife Yordanos just behind with daughters Sara and Fiyori and Yohana.

After a 4:18 5th mile set him free Bedan Karoki continues his hot streak winning 2014 B2B in 27:37, third fastest in race history.

After a 4:18 5th mile set him free Bedan Karoki continues his hot streak winning 2014 B2B in 27:37, third fastest in race history.

Stephen Kibet done in by his effort, second place for the second time at B2B 27:43 a new PR.

Stephen Kibet done in by his effort, second place for the second time at B2B 27:43 a new PR.

Dartmouth grad Ben True powers home in 3rd in 27:50, continuing his ascent toward the top.

Dartmouth grad Ben True powers home in 3rd in 27:50, continuing his ascent toward the top. It’s the fastest 10K by an American since Mark Nenow in the 1980s

How hard is the effort, you might wonder?  This picture tells the tale.  Joanie remembers the feeling well.

How hard is the effort, you might wonder? This picture tells the tale. Places  1,2,and 4 laid out while Ben True, 3rd, staggers to remain upright as Joanie remembers the feeling well

Last year's runner up Gemma Steel of England one-steps New England's own Shalane Flanagan for the women's title. Both are timed in 31:27.

Last year’s runner up Gemma Steel of England one-steps New England’s own Shalane Flanagan for the women’s title. Both are timed in 31:27.

The coast of Maine greets the 6000+ finishers at Fort Williams Park at one of road running's most iconic finishes.

The coast of Maine greets the 6000+ finishers at Fort Williams Park at one of road running’s most iconic finishes.

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3 thoughts on “2014 TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K VIEWS FROM THE LEAD TRUCK

  1. Thanks for bringing us some terrific images from a seldom-seen perspective… amazing how much different a race like this looks from the front of the pack! Your start-line image showing the tidal wave of runners trailing the lead pack is tremendous. Congrats to Ben True on holding his own and earning himself a share of the podium.

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