Archives for July 2015

150th Anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s Visit to Bowdoin

Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant

This weekend marks the 150th anniversary of Ulysses S. Grant’s visit to Bowdoin.

On August 2, 1865, and amid a victory tour following the end of the American Civil War, General Grant traveled by train from Portland to Brunswick and attended Bowdoin’s Commencement exercises, where he received an honorary degree from the College.

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Marathon Matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Kicks Off 18th ‘Beach to Beacon’ Race

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

College Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 — Olympic gold medalist, two-time Boston Marathon winner (winning the first before she graduated from Bowdoin), and Chicago Marathon winner — will Saturday kick off the 18th running of the road race she founded, the TD Beach to Beacon 10k.

More than 6,400 athletes from the world over will race along the picturesque coastline of Casco Bay from Crescent Beach State Park to Portland Head Light, along the roads Joanie herself ran growing up in Cape Elizabeth.

The race has become increasingly environmentally friendly over the years; this year’s race beneficiary is Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank, which stands to receive $30,000. Learn more about the Beach to Beacon.