CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine — Online registration by the public for the 2012 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race begins Thursday.

Race organizers say registration begins at 7 a.m. Thursday. A lottery drawing on March 23 will follow for those who do not secure a spot through online registration.

Also, beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Cape Elizabeth residents will have 24 hours to fill 600 slots reserved for the host community.

Runners may register at the race website at

Last year, online registration for the public was open just eight minutes before all slots were filled.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the race founded by Olympic gold medalist and Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson.