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B2B Fills 4,000 Entries in 4-Minutes – Lottery Ongoing

Online Registration
for 2011 TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Fills 4,000 Slots in Eight Minutes,
Lottery Phase in Full Swing

 

Lottery registration
ongoing for 1,750 remaining bibs

 

CAPE
ELIZABETH, Maine

(March 15, 2011) ‰ÛÒ The 4,000 slots for the TD Bank Beach to Beacon
10K made available through online registration filled in just eight minutes
Tuesday morning, and those still looking for a way into the popular road race
began registering for the lottery.

 

Runners
now have until midnight on Tuesday, March 22 to register for one of the 1,750
remaining bibs available through the lottery, which will be drawn on March 23.
Runners can sign up for the lottery at the race website, www.beach2beacon.org.

 

Race
organizers said they‰Ûªve received positive feedback this year from some of
the thousands of runners who were online when registration opened at 7 a.m.,
only to glide through the first- come/first-serve process.

 

‰ÛÏOverall,
we‰Ûªre quite pleased with how the registration process worked,‰Û Race
President David Weatherbie said. ‰ÛÏWe processed 3,000 registrations in the
first four minutes alone. Several runners told us it was smooth sailing, so
that was good to hear.‰Û

 

The
eight-minute mark for the general public shattered the previous record of 32
minutes last year. Cape Elizabeth residents, given a 24-hour window to fill 600
online slots on Monday, reached the cap within 51 minutes.

 

Those
who got into the race received an e-mail confirmation from race organizers.
Those who did not were re-directed to the bib lottery registration process. By
4 p.m. Tuesday, 1,312 runners had entered the lottery, hoping to secure one of
the 1,750 bibs.

 

Provisions
for couples and families are being made in the lottery process ‰ÛÒ details
at http://www.beach2beacon.org/2011registration.
The race will charge a $5 fee per person to enter the lottery. Runners who get
into the race via the lottery will be notified by e-mail and their names will
be posted on the race website on March 23.

 

Race
beneficiaries, sponsors, elite athletes and runners who have taken part in all
13 past races can begin registering online on March 28.

 

Race
organizers will accept 7,200 registrations in all, again targeting a race day
field of 6,000. A record 5,672 runners finished the race last year. The race
has more than doubled in size since it debuted in 1998 with 2,408 runners
crossing the finish line.

The TD Bank Beach to Beacon is one of Maine‰Ûªs premiere sporting events
and one of the most popular events on the U.S. road race circuit. The race
draws runners from throughout the region and the world to the picturesque
coastal community of Cape Elizabeth. Thousands of spectators cheer on the
runners along the scenic course and at the finish, and more than 800 volunteers
help ensure a smooth operation.

The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77 in Cape Elizabeth,
winds past breathtaking ocean vistas, and ends in Fort Williams Park at the
historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world.

More than $60,000 in prize money is awarded to the top finishers and place
winners in the various categories for men and women. For more information,
visit www.beach2beacon.org.

TD Bank, America‰Ûªs Most Convenient Bank,
is the title sponsor of the race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984
Olympic gold medalist from Cape Elizabeth and Maine‰Ûªs most admired
athlete. The race is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports, who also directs the B.A.A.
Boston Marathon and is regarded as one of the top road race managers in the
world.

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the
United States, providing customers with a full range of financial products and
services at more than 1,250 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. On
September 30, 2010, The South Financial Group, Inc. was acquired by TD Bank
Group, and its subsidiary Carolina First Bank merged with TD Bank. Carolina
First Bank will continue to operate under the trade names Carolina First Bank
in North and South Carolina and Mercantile Bank in Florida until conversion and
rebranding in June 2011. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and
Portland, Maine. Carolina First Bank and Mercantile Bank are trade names of TD
Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.TDBank.com.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a
subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial
services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated
Aaa by Moody’s. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto
stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit www.td.com.

About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A.,
which operates as TD Bank, America‰Ûªs Most Convenient Bank®, and is
one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States.
The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses
in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made over $69.6 million
in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the
Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank’s community relations
departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and
financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable
Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

           

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