Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79: Tips for Runners

Some 6,000 runners will be lining up early tomorrow morning to take part in the 17th running of Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79’s TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Each year the race attracts elite runners from across the globe, as well as recreational runners and first-time racers, too. Joanie shares pearls of Olympic gold-winning wisdom for those taking their first steps across a starting line, including the existential: “Run your own race; don’t run anyone else’s race.”

Read how Joanie’s commitment to sustainability has informed the race she founded.


  1. Barbara Kaster says:

    Joanie was the best athlete and one of the most amazing students I had the honor of teaching at Bowdoin! I also admire her husband!

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