Join fellow runners and their families for a classic pasta dinner carbo-load Friday night, May 1, at the Grandover Resort, 6 p.m. Enjoy a full-course meal in the ballroom after picking up your number and goodie bag and touring the Live Healthy Expo.
Tickets to the dinner are $25 and can be purchased at active.com or download our Registration Form or download our Event Registration form to register yourself and/or guests for Race Week Events.
Our guest speaker for the evening is Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson. She won a gold medal in the first-ever womens Olympic Marathon. She has set course records at Boston and Chicago her world record there, 2:21:21, stood for 17 years. But what may be most remarkable about Joan Benoit Samuelson is her longevity in the sport. Some 30 years since her first Boston victory as a Bowdoin College undergrad, she set a record for women ages 50-54 in the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials, reaching her personal goal of beating 2:50 at age 50.
Few runners have managed to run so competitively over so many years, persevering through injuries and wear-and-tear. Incredibly, Samuelson qualified at the 1984 US Olympic Marathon Trials less than three weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery.
Along with her running, Samuelson has worked to support many nonprofits dedicated to improving children’s fitness and quality of life. In 1997, Samuelson founded the Beach to Beacon 10k, drawing world-class runners to her hometown of Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The event will celebrate its twelfth running in August as it continues to shine the lights on kids by benefiting a different childrens charity each year.
She is the author of an autobiography, Running Tide (Knopf, 1987), and Joan Samuelson’s Running for Women (Rodale Press, 1995). She and her husband, Scott Samuelson, have two college-age children, Abby and Anders.