Runners From 15 Countries Ready for Beach to Beacon

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Runners from 15 countries and 43 states are ready for Maine's biggest road race.

The field for Saturday's Beach to Beacon 10K road race includes more than 6,500 runners including returning champion Wude Ayalew and Maine favorite Ben True.

This is the 19th race founded by Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson of Maine.

The route follows the same coastal roads Samuelson trained on in Cape Elizabeth. It starts at Crescent Beach State Park and ends at Fort Williams near the Portland Head Light.

Participants include 59-year-old Michael Westphal of Great Cranberry Island, Maine, who fought off symptom of Parkinson's Disease to complete the Boston Marathon.

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