After the registration fiascos of the past 2 years, I wrote an open letter on how to improve the Beach to Beacon with a few suggestions on how to improve the process (many of which were implemented this year.)
And with this year’s improvements, registration closed once again in record time. Technically, registration is still open for the 1500 lottery entrants, but of the first-come, first-served entries, all 600 of the Cape Elizabeth entries were snatched up in 21 minutes on Friday, and the 4,000 open registrations were all claimed within 32 minutes on Saturday morning.
I didn’t have any personal experience with the registration process this year, as I was out running at Pineland Farms. From what I’ve heard, though, the process wasn’t quite as horrible for everybody as it was last year, although it was still far from ideal.
Many people still had to contend with server errors, although I haven’t heard of nearly as many people thinking they were registered and not actually getting through, or of people getting double billed and/or double-entered.
If you haven’t yet registered for the race and still want to run, there are 1,500 bibs still up for grabs in the lottery. Lottery requests must be received by March 21st, with the winners being announced on the 22nd.
You can register at the race website: BeachToBeacon.org