FAMILY AFFAIR AT TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K

Cape Elizabeth, ME. — The sport of road racing, especially here in New England where the tradition is so deeply-seated, has always been much more than simply a competition from Point A to Point B.  In the olden days before money and sponsors came into the sport at current levels road trips and shared housing was the standard.  Thus one of the throwback pleasures of Joanie Samuelson’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K in her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine is the tradition of housing invited athletes and guests with local families. This was the 14th  year that we have been lucky enough to return to the home of Bill and Linda Nickerson, who have become dear friends over those years, as have their children Julie and Geoff.   That feeling is universal among the professional athletes who cherish an invitation to this most quintessential of New England races.  Throughout the weekend the pre and post-race activities are a reflection of the family atmosphere Joanie has engendered.   The pictures below give a taste of the quality of what has made the New England running community so special through the years, and why an invite to the TD B2B is so highly prized.

Our hosts Bill & Linda Nickerson

Our hosts Bill & Linda Nickerson

Toya with Hawi Keflezighi and brother Meb's host family Bill & Deena DeSena at Lobster Bake

Toya with Meb’s brother Hawi Keflezighi and host family Bill & Dena DeSena at the post-race Lobster Bake

Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezghi with Julie Nickerson

Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezghi (wearing his Boston Strong scarf) with Julie Nickerson

Ethiopian star Markos Geneti with his family who he hadn't seen since April

Ethiopian star Markos Geneti made B2B a reunion as he hadn’t been with his family since April.  He finished 8th on Saturday

Joanie's coach from back in the day, Bob Sevene, with race director par excellence Dave McGillivray

“Uh-huh,” thinks race director par excellence Dave McGillivray as he reminisces with Joanie’s coach from back in the day Bob Sevene

The main course

The main course clinging to the cob

B2B legacy runner Jeff Berman (he's run all 17) with Ethiopia's Patrick Makau, 4th in 2014 B2B and former marathon world record holder who ran his first B2B

B2B legacy runner Jeff Berman (he’s run all 17) hosted Kenya’s Patrick Makau, the former marathon world record holder who ran 4th in his first B2B 10K

Top end bean bag competition at Jeff an Kerri Berman's party

Top notch bean bag competition at Jeff and Kerri Berman’s post-race party

Hanging on the wall at "Beach to Bacon", the annual gathering at Kirk and Nancy Pond's place

Hanging on the wall at “Beach to Bacon”, Kirk and Nancy Pond’s annual race day gathering as the ice cream truck draws a crowd along the lane

B2B's oldest finisher Dotti Gray, 89, of Kirkwood, Missouri with daughter Mary (left) and daughter-in-law Karen Bauer both of whom live in Cape Elizabeth

Beneath the Pond’s party tent at Beach to Bacon, B2B 10K’s oldest finisher Dottie Gray, 89, of Kirkwood, Missouri  — multiple time Johnny Kelley Award winner — flanked by daughter Mary (left) and daughter-in-law Karen Bauer both of whom live in Cape Elizabeth

Beach to Bacon treats

Beach to Bacon treats are a sweet but sticky hit

The boys found their way to the ice ream truck, too

The boys found their way to the ice ream truck and face painter, too

Such faces

Such faces!

BAA executive director Tom Grilk with board member Gloria Ratti, wife Nancy, and Joanie at Candace Karu's host family party

Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk with BAA board member Gloria Ratti, wife Nancy, and Joanie at Candace Karu’s host family welcome party

Bob Barnaby (left) with hostess Candace Karu and Paul Daley

Bob Barnaby (left) with Spring Cove hostess Candace Karu listening to another tall tale from Paul “The Ghost” Daley

Close neighbors at Bill and Linda Nickerson's place

Close neighbors chatting us up at Bill and Linda Nickerson’s place off Shore Road along mile 4 of the race course

The source of unending entertainment who take so little room, Mini Nickerson

The source of unending entertainment who takes up so little room, Mini Nickerson

Big tent at post-race Lobster Bake

Big tent at post-race Lobster Bake

Another wonderful year at the TD Beach to Beacon. Thanks to Cape Elizabeth for being such gracious hosts.  Till 2015...

Another wonderful year at the TD Beach to Beacon 10K. Thanks to Joanie and Cape Elizabeth for being such gracious hosts. Till 2015…

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5 thoughts on “FAMILY AFFAIR AT TD BEACH TO BEACON 10K

  1. Wonderful pictures! You captured the intense competitive nature of racing yesterday, and the amazing camaraderie that exists in the running community today. Thank you.

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