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TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race Earns Gold for Greening Efforts

06/03/2015
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (May 26, 2015) - The TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race has earned gold for its greening efforts from an international social and environmental assessment organization, race organizers announced Tuesday. The Gold Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport followed a rigorous review of the TD Beach to Beacon"�s environmental and social sustainability programs, which range from comprehensive recycling to reducing carbon emissions to raising money for charities and leaving a positive legacy in the community. "�This honor truly is a shining achievement for the TD Beach to Beacon,' said race founder Joan Benoit Samuelson, who won gold at the first women"�s Olympic Marathon in 1984. "�Thanks toFairchild Semiconductor, the sponsor of our greening program, as well as the hard work of Bruce Rayner at our green consulting partner, Athletes for a Fit Planet, the race has built a strong record of commitment to the environment - it"�s great to see those efforts affirmed.' The non-profit, Oregon-based www.beach2beacon.org/green. The race also is seeking volunteers for its recycling and greening program for the 2015 race. Visit http://www.beach2beacon.org/volunteer for more information. Athletes for a Fit Planet"�s Bruce Rayner advises the TD Beach to Beacon on cost-effective strategies and products and services for reducing, recycling and composting waste, reducing and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing the impact of the event on the local environment. "�Earning gold certification is a rigorous process that touches all aspects of an event and requires broad-based support,' said Rayner. "�The TD Beach to Beacon organization is exemplary because sustainability is part of its DNA.' Gold certification could not have been achieved without a team effort from everyone involved in the TD Beach to Beacon, Samuelson said, including organizers, sponsors, volunteers, the host Cape Elizabeth community, spectators and runners. "�Running is a pure sport - runners are in tune with environmental changes by the nature of their daily runs and running experiences,' she said. "�It only makes sense for a race that receives great acclaim and visibility to do its part to reduce the runners"� footprints throughout the event - from before they start the race until well after they cross the finish line.' This year marks the 18th running of the TD Beach to Beacon 10K (www.beach2beacon.org), set for Saturday, Aug. 1 in Cape Elizabeth. TD Bank, America"�s Most Convenient Bank®, is the title sponsor of the race, founded in 1998. The beneficiary of the 2015 race is Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine"�s largest hunger relief organization. The TD Beach to Beacon 10K is one of the most popular events on the U.S. road race circuit, drawing runners from around the world and throughout New England and the U.S. to the picturesque coastal community of Cape Elizabeth. The race begins near the Crescent Beach entrance on Route 77, winds along tree-lined roads and past breathtaking ocean vistas, and ends in Fort Williams Park at the historic Portland Head Light, the most photographed lighthouse in the world. For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org, and runners can follow the race on Facebook and Twitter.

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