As the TD Beach to Beacon 10K race prepares to return to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, organizers named this year’s nonprofit beneficiary on Thursday.
The charitable donation from this year’s run will go to the Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, a Portland-based provider of awareness, sensitivity, inclusion and anti-bullying programs in Maine schools. The race is scheduled to take place in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday August 6th.
The event, which begins on Route 77 near Crescent Beach State Park and ends at Fort Williams Park at Portland Head Light, debuted in 1998 as People’s Beach to Beacon, founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, a Cape Elizabeth native and Olympic marathon champion, to benefit children’s charities. . This first year, 2,408 runners crossed the finish line.
The 2019 live event drew 6,417 runners from nine countries, 42 states and nearly 260 cities and towns in Maine.
The Beach to Beacon was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. A virtual version in 2021 attracted over 2,000 runners. Organizers announced last August that the event would return to a live format in 2022.
To register this year, attendees must show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, a spokesperson for the event confirmed on Friday.
Over $90,000 in prizes are awarded to top finishers and winners in various men’s and women’s categories, and a separate donation of $30,000 is given to a designated beneficiary each year by TD Bank.
The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness, founded in 2003, promotes safe, respectful, and inclusive schools and communities through curriculum for students in grades one through six as well as resources for parents and educators.
Noting the center’s positive impact on the lives of children and families across the state, Larry Wold, President of TD Bank Maine Market, said, “This organization’s focus on inclusivity and respect for people of all abilities and walks of life directly aligns with TD’s values, and we couldn’t be happier to name them this year’s recipient of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K.
The center will further benefit from fundraising activities, including the race’s charity bib program, as well as increased awareness through association with one of Maine’s premier sporting events.
“We are grateful to TD Bank and the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Organizing Committee for selecting us as recipients for 2022,” said Susan Greenwood, CEO of the Cromwell Center. “This will be a huge help as we geographically expand our programs to serve schools in every county in Maine, and it will educate the general public in Maine and beyond about the importance of youth inclusion programs.”
With nearly $5.7 billion in deposits in Maine as of June 30, 2021, TD Bank was ranked the number one bank with the largest market share in Maine in the Mainebiz Book of Lists 2022 released at the end of from last year. This puts TD ahead of Bangor Savings Bank, Camden National Bank and KeyBank, ranked No. 2, 3 and 4 respectively.