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The annual TD Beach to Beacon begins on Saturday

CAPE ELIZABETH (WGME) -- The 17th annual Beach to Beacon 10k Road Race starts at 8 o'clock tomorrow  morning. It is Maine's biggest road race and a favorite of many runners around the world.

But a lot goes into making this such an amazing, world class race. The Beach to Beacon starts on Route 77 near Crescent Beach State Park. It ends at Portland Head Light at Ft. Williams Park.

But before the starting gun goes off, all 6,000 runners had to check-in at Cape Elizabeth High School to get their T-shirts and race numbers. Several runners we spoke with told us this was going to be their very first Beach to Beacon.

Amanda Bellerose of Portland says "Just thought it would be the right time to try it." We asked "What are you looking forward to most about the run?" She replied "Finishing."

Finishing will be the goal for some. Winning will be the goal for others. Michael Eaton, from Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the elite runners. He says "It's my first time in Maine, first time for the race. So I'm excited."

Eaton went on to tell us "The course looked really nice today. Hopefully I'll get out and jog on it later on." One of the things runners look forward to most is all the spectators enthusiastically cheering them on.

Allissa Irving of Caribou says "It's fun just cause there's a lot of people. And everybody's cheering for you. So it's exciting." Several runners ate spaghetti at this Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church to fuel up for tomorrow's race.

Bill Mann was one of them. He says "Get a little carbs in, get ready, get a good night's sleep and we're good to go." This is Bill Mann's 7th or 8th Beach to Beacon. But he's not lost his enthusiasm for this road race. No one has.

Claude Morgan of South Portland says "It's a beautiful course. You get to run by the ocean. You get to run through some old Cape Elizabeth homes. It's flat. It's also hilly at the end. So it's got a little bit of everything for everyone."

If the weather holds up, it should make for just a spectacular race Saturday morning. CBS 13 News will be covering the race for you, from start to finish, and have all the details for you tomorrow.