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Online Registration for 2012 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Closes in Record-Breaking Five Minutes, Lottery Phase Underway

1,850 slots will be filled with lottery drawing March 23

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (March 15, 2012) ‰ÛÓ The online portion of the TD
Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race registration filled 4,000 slots in a
record-breaking five minutes Thursday morning, race organizers said, and
those still looking for a spot at the start line began registering for
the lottery.

This year marks the special 15th year for the
popular international road race founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan
Benoit Samuelson and set for Saturday, Aug. 4 in coastal Cape Elizabeth,
Maine.

Runners now have until midnight on March 22 to register
for one of the 1,850 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.

“We’re
pleased with how the registration process worked this year,” said
volunteer race president David Weatherbie. “We increased the lottery by
100 slots and further expanded our system load capacity to increase the
number of registrations we process in a minute. Basically it’s the same
improved system we put in place a few years ago and we feel positive
about the results.”

This year’s record time ‰ÛÓ 5:06 ‰ÛÓ shaved three minutes off the 8-minute mark from 2011.

Cape
Elizabeth residents, given a 24-hour window to fill 600 online slots on
Wednesday, reached the cap within eight minutes, also a new record.

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. Just before noon on Thursday, 1,512 runners had
entered the lottery.

Each lottery entrant is charged $5. 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 14 past races can begin registering online on March 30.

The
race will allow registered-runner transfers from May 1 through June 30.
The race will charge a $5 transfer fee. Cape Elizabeth residents
registered in the 600 entries allocated to Cape Elizabeth residents can
only transfer to another Cape Elizabeth resident.

Race
organizers are again targeting a race day field of 6,000. A record 5,876
runners finished the 2011 race. The race has more than doubled in size
since it debuted 15 years ago in 1998 when 2,408 runners crossing the
finish line.

Online registration for the Kids Fun Run will begin
March 16 and continue through June 30, however, parents can also
register their children at the Expo or on Race Day.

The TD Beach
to Beacon is one of Maine’s 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
and a $30,000 donation is provided to a youth beneficiary each year by
the TD Charitable Foundation. This year, the Center for Grieving
Children (www.cgcmaine.org) has been chosen as the race beneficiary.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank,
is the title sponsor of the race founded by running icon Joan Benoit
Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist from Cape Elizabeth and
Maine’s 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.

For more information, visit www.beach2beacon.org.

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 8 million customers with a full range of
retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at
more than 1,280 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, find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDMoneyLoungeUS, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US or 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’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
$84.9 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The
Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy
and education, 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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Aerial photo from 2011 race courtesy of Kevin Morris Photographer

Award-winning course photo courtesy of Ann Kaplan

Here is more information about the TD Beach to Beacon 10K

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