Runners who participate in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K this summer will go home with a special piece of artwork, thanks to a collaboration between the race and the Maine College of Art.

The two organizations have designed a commemorative poster in honor of the 20th running of one of Maine’s marquee road races, scheduled for Aug. 5 in Cape Elizabeth.

Each runner who registers for the race will receive a poster created by Maine College of Art student Kirk Simpson of York, who was one of nine students tasked with coming up with original ideas.

Simpson’s design was inspired by the diversity of spectators as they watched runners complete the 6.2-mile course, which concludes at the Portland Head Light.

A $2,500 contribution was made by the race in recognition of Simpson’s work. The funds will be used to support the professional development of Maine College of Art students.

All 12 designs that were chosen as finalists will be on display during race weekend. Students were required to meet with race committee members. Race staff received 20 submissions.

Maine College of Art faculty member Drew Hodges led the project, and race founder and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson chose the winning design.

Registration for the 2017 Beach to Beacon opens on March 9.

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