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August 5, 2013

Maine's biggest race has 'Boston' flavor

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — With the Boston Marathon bombing fresh on everyone’s minds, one of the victims sounded the starting horn and a “Boston Strong” logo adorned the finish line Saturday for Maine’s biggest road race.

Olympic bronze medalist Micah Kogo, of Kenya, won the men’s division with a time of 28 minutes 3 seconds, followed by Silas Kipruto, who finished in 28:08, and Emmanual Mutai, who finished in 28:22.

Joyce Chepkirui won the women’s division with a time of 31:23, followed by Gemma Steel at 31:35 and Sule Utura at 31:37.

Before the race, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the three people killed in the Boston attack.

Then the starting horn for the race was sounded by Karen Rand, a former Westbrook resident who now lives in Somerville, Mass. She lost one of her legs in the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.

A blue-and-gold ribbon with the words “Boston Strong” was painted on the finish line of the Maine race.

There’s a lot of cross-pollination between the Boston Marathon and the Beach to Beacon.

David McGillivray is the race director for both events, and several dozen members of his team at DMSY Sports participate in both events.

The race was founded in 1988 by Joan Benoit Samuelson, a Maine native who twice won the Boston Marathon and also won the inaugural women’s marathon at the 1984 Olympics.

More than $60,000 in prize money was awarded, including a $10,000 prize to each of the top finishers in the men’s and women’s divisions.

The beneficiary of this year’s race was The Opportunity Alliance, which was created by the merger of the People’s Regional Opportunity Program and Youth Alternatives Ingraham. It will receive a $30,000 donation from the TD Charitable Foundation.

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