2018-06-08 / Community

Sign up for B2B High School Mile

Applications are now being taken for the Beach to Beacon High School Mile, an event for top young runners from across Maine who want to compete against their peers on Aug. 3 in Cape Elizabeth.

The top 20 boys and girls, based on their qualifying times, will be invited from the pool of applicants to toe the line on Friday afternoon in Fort Williams, which will kick off race weekend for the 21st running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K the next morning (Aug. 4).

The B2B High School Mile is a two-loop course that begins near Portland Head Light and ends across the official TD Beach to Beacon finish line in Fort Williams. Now in its third year, the event features complimentary Nike uniforms for every participant, runner introductions and pageantry and a chance for the young athletes to interact with some of the world’s elite distance runners who volunteer at the event. The 2017 winners were Lily Horne of Freeport High School and Sam Russ of Lincoln Academy.

“Our aim with the B2B High School Mile is to celebrate the achievements of dedicated and passionate high school track and cross-country athletes from throughout Maine,” said Joan Benoit Samuelson, the Maine native and Olympic gold medalist who founded the TD Beach to Beacon 10K, in a press release. “We want to attract the best and then bring out their best.”

The event is open to all Maine high school runners entering their senior, junior or sophomore years who met the following qualifying standard during the 2017-2018 school year: for boys, 5:00 (or sub 17:30 for the 5K), and girls, 6:15 (or sub 20:30 for the 5K).

Interested and eligible athletes may visit http://www.beach2beacon.org/race-info/high-school-mile/ for more info and to apply for entry.

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