CAPE ELIZABETH — Ellsworth High School alum Dan Curts had a strong performance in Saturday’s Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, placing first among all Maine runners in the field.
Curts, a 2014 Ellsworth graduate, finished the race in 29 minutes, 26 seconds, more than a full minute ahead of the next Maine finisher, Ryan Smith of Farmington. He placed 12th of 6,414 finishers.
At Ellsworth, Curts set numerous records for the school’s cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track teams. He continued his running career at the Division I level as a member of the cross-country and track teams at Iowa State University.
Curts won a prize of $1,000 for finishing as the state’s top male runner in the race, which takes runners from Cape Elizabeth’s Crescent Beach State Park to the scenic Portland Head Light. A prize of the same amount also went to the state’s top female runner, Sofie Matson of Falmouth.
Other local finishers in the race included Brendan Penfold of Deer Isle (52nd place), Josh Bloom of Bar Harbor (292nd place), Matthew Barton of Mount Desert (335th) and Sidney Beardsworth of Blue Hill (1020th). Bar Harbor had the most competitors of any Hancock County city or town with eight.
Alex Korio of Eldoret, Kenya, won the race with a time of 27:34, the second-fastest finish in Beach to Beacon history. Fellow Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei, holder of the current 10K, 15K and 20K and half-marathon world records, was the top female finisher with a time of 31:04 and overall place of 20th.