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Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 'Grande Dame' of Beach to Beacon Road Race

Story posted August 05, 2010

Olympic gold medal winner and College trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, founder of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, prepares for the 13th running of what’s been called a world-class event Saturday in her native Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with a field of 6,000 runners from 41 states and 17 countries.

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Joan Benoit Samuelson '79

Samuelson's perspective on the upcoming race is featured in the August 4, 2010, Portland Press Herald article, "Joan Benoit Feeling Lucky As Beach To Beacon Turns 13."

An excerpt from the article:

"We held our breath in those early years that it would be successful," said Samuelson, as tourists wandered by, snapping photos of the historic beacon.
"All I wanted was an event that showcased our state. And the people here. It's inspiring for me because I see what this race can do for people."

Read the article.

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