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Deena Kastor Starting Comeback at Beach to Beacon

Ethiopian Gebre Gebremariam
Returning to Defend Title against Stellar Field for TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K

 

Olympic medalists
Deena Kastor, the American marathon record holder, and Catherine Ndereba of
Kenya, a two-time silver medalist, also in Aug. 6 race

 

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 26, 2010) ‰ÛÓ The 2011 TD
Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race will feature reigning champ Gebre
Gebremariam of Ethiopia and two Olympic medalists, American marathon record
holder Deena Kastor and Kenyan Catherine Ndereba, race officials announced
Tuesday.

 

The trio headline yet another deep and talented field of
world-class athletes for the 14th edition of the TD Bank Beach to
Beacon 10K (www.beach2beacon.org),
set for Saturday, Aug. 6, along the scenic coastline of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The race was founded by Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson, a Maine native
and running icon.

 

For Deena Kastor, the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K
marks the strategic next step in her return to competitive racing after giving
birth to her first child in February. The 38-year-old is building up to the
Olympic marathon trials in January, hoping to regain the form that made her the
most decorated American distance runner over
the past decade.

 

Kastor broke Samuelson’s long-held American marathon
record in 2003 and won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She also won the
Chicago (2005) and London (2006) marathons, set an American record in the half
marathon in 2006, and won the 2008 Olympic Trials. But a foot injury at the
2008 Beijing Olympics caused her to withdraw early in the race. Her goal is to
again chase gold in London next year.

 

Kastor will find a familiar foe in Catherine Ndereba,
39,
a Kenyan running legend and two-time Olympic marathon silver
medalist ‰ÛÓ in Beijing in 2008 and in Athens in 2004, when she finished
one place ahead of Kastor. Known as ‰Û¢Catherine the Great’, she is a
four-time BAA Boston Marathon champ, two-time World Champ and former
world-record holder. Ndereba won five of the first six TD Bank Beach to Beacons
and is the former course record holder (31:33). Following a five-year absence,
Ndereba returned to the race in 2010 and, rehabbing an injury, finished sixth.

 

“Catherine and Deena are legends in their sport who
add something really special to our elite field,” said Larry Barthlow, the
race’s elite athlete coordinator. “Many of the younger runners look
up to them the same way they revere Joanie. And it’s neat to think of how
they finished 2-3 at the 2004 Olympics and here they are together again in our
race.”

 

But any quest for a top spot at the TD Bank Beach to Beacon
10K will likely need to go through Ethiopians Werknesh Kidane and Wude
Ayalew
.

 

Kidane, 29, a two-time Olympian, is a former World
Cross Country champion and World Championship silver medalist on the track,
where she has clocked 30:07 at 10,000m. The wife of defending men’s champ
Gebremariam, she
made her marathon debut at the 2011 Boston Marathon,
finishing seventh.   

 

Ayalew, 24, might be the most determined runner in the race.
In 2010, she finished second to Lineth Chepkuri’s record setting
performance (30:59). Her time of 31:07 also broke the record, and stands as the
second fastest time ever on the 6.2-mile course.

 

In Ayalew’s only other TD Bank Beach to Beacon
performance in 2007, she came in as a race favorite but got tangled with
another runner early in the race, never recovered and finished a disappointing
fourth.

 

On the men’s side, the speedy Gebre Gebremariam,
known as GG, who is also the reigning NYC Marathon champ, will have his work
cut out for him to repeat, and will likely need to improve on his 27:40 from
2010.

 

Two top
Kenyans, Micah Kogo and Mike Kigen, were upset in their highly
competitive national track championships recently and have decided to test
their speed in Cape Elizabeth, Barthlow said.

 

That means
the course record (27:28) is in jeopardy, he said. Kogo, who won silver at
10,000m in the 2008 Olympics, has recorded the fastest 10K so far in 2011 –
27:15 at the Parelloop 10K in Holland. Kigen finished second in that race with
a 27:26.

 

Also, the
three runners who finished right behind GG in 2010 are back ‰ÛÓ Kenyans Alan
Kiprono
(27:42), Wilson Chebet (27:45), and Stephen
Kipkosgei-Kibet
(27:51). The race also includes two runners who know what
it’s like to break the tape in Fort Williams ‰ÛÓ former multiple
champs and Kenyans Ed Muge (2008-09) and Gilbert Okari
(2003-04-05), who set the existing course record in 2003. Also, another former
champ, Kenyan James Koskei (2002), is back seeking his third consecutive
master’s title.

 

“We’ve
had some fast fields in the history of this race, that’s our reputation,
but this may be the fastest yet,” Barthlow said. “We have six
runners who have already run sub 28s on this course, plus two newcomers who
happen to have the fastest 10K times in the world so far this year. It’s
going to be something to see.”

 

Prize
money for the winner of the men’s and women’s races is $10,000. In
all, nearly $60,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top finishers and
place winners in the various categories for men and women. A $2,500 bonus also
is available for any runner who breaks an open course record.


The TD Bank Beach to
Beacon 10K is considered one of the gems on the U.S. road race circuit. The
race begins near the Crescent Beach State Park entrance on Route 77 in Cape
Elizabeth and ends 6.2 miles later in Fort Williams Park at the Portland Head
Light, the most photographed lighthouse in America.

The race is directed by Dave McGillivray of DMSE Sports (www.dmsesports.com),
who also directs the BAA Boston Marathon and is regarded as one of the best in
the business.

 

TD Bank,
America’s Most Convenient Bank®, is the title sponsor of
the race. Other major corporate partners this year include Hannaford, Poland
Spring, MaineHealth, Fairchild Semiconductor, Nike, Northeast Delta Dental,
Wright Express and WCSH6. For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org or call the
race hotline at (888) 480-6940.

 

The
beneficiary of this year’s race is Day One (www.day-one.org), a non-profit agency
providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare
programs for Maine youth.  TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation,
will provide a cash donation of $30,000 to Day One. The organization also will
benefit from fundraising activities and publicity through its association with
the race.

 

About TD Bank, America’s Most
Convenient Bank

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank,
is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 7.4 million
customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking
products and services at more than 1,250 convenient locations throughout the
Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD
Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized wealth management services through
TD Wealth, and insurance products and services through TD Insurance, Inc. TD
Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. To learn more,
follow TD Bank on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US
or visit www.tdbank.com.

 

TD 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 ticket 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’s 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 $73.5 million in charitable donations since its
inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are 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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TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race – List of
Elite Athletes ‰ÛÓ as of 7-26-11

Men

Shawn Forrest,
Australia                              

Gebre Gebremariam, Ethiopia

Tekeste Kebede, Ethiopia

Toshinari Takaoka,
Japan                                             

Wilson Chebet,
Kenya                                  

Ed Muge,
Kenya                                              

Alan Kiprono,
Kenya                                      

Hosea Mwok Macharinyang,
Kenya                                        

Stephen Kipkoskei-Kibet,
Kenya                                              

Sammy Chelanga,
Kenya                                             

James Koskei, Kenya

Patrick Smyth,
USA                                        

Chris Barnicle,
USA                                         

Paul Hefferon, USA

Tim Young, USA

Jason Hartman,
USA                      

                                               

Women

Benita Willis,
Australia                   

Diane Nukuri,
Burundi                  

Werknesh Kidane,
Ethiopia                        

Bizunesh Deba,
Ethiopia                              

Wude Ayalew,
Ethiopia                

Aheza Kiros, Ethiopia     

Mikister Mekonnin, Ethiopia

Belainesh Gebre,
Ethiopia                           

Yumi Sato,
Japan                                             

Yosiko Fujinaga,
Japan                                  

Yui Sakai,
Japan                                

Catherine Ndereba, Kenya

Jelliah Tinea, Kenya

Nuta Olaru, Romania

Kathy Butler, UK

Rebecca Donaghue,
USA                                                             

Melissa White,
USA                                                       

Deena Kastor,
USA                                                         

Adriana Pritea, USA

 

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