The first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark on May 15th will receive the Joan Benoit Samuelson bobblehead. Gates open at 4:30 PM. Samuelson is scheduled to be at the game, where she will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
"I am truly honored that the Sea Dogs have commissioned this bobblehead," stated Samuelson. "The Sea Dogs are a wonderful organization that has always had a strong focus on the kids and families within our community. I look forward to joining them at Hadlock Field on May 15th."
Samuelson, born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, won the Gold Medal in the first ever women's Olympic Marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. As a senior at Bowdoin College in 1979, she entered the Boston Marathon as a relative unknown and won, setting a record for American women. She won the Boston Marathon again in 1983, setting a new course record with a time of 2:22:43. Samuelson won the 1985 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:21:21, a time that stood for 18 years as an American record.
Samuelson is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Hall of Fame, the National Distance Running Hall of Fame, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the USATF Masters Hall of Fame, and the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor. Additionally, she is a member of the National Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame and the Maine Women's Hall of Fame. In 2017, a plaque honoring her was unveiled in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum's Court of Honor.
In 1998, Samuelson founded the Beach to Beacon 10K road race. The race held the first Saturday in August, attracts many of the world's top distance runners, and promotes and celebrates health, fitness and giving back.
"Joan Benoit Samuelson is one of the most decorated and well-known athletes to come from Maine," stated Sea Dogs President & General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. "In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she has been an inspiration to many and has made a tremendous impact in our community. We are honored to recognize her accomplishments with a bobblehead giveaway at the ballpark."
Tickets for the May 15th game and all Sea Dogs home games can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs ticket office at 207-879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com.
Previous bobbleheads in the Sea Dogs Notable Mainers Series have included Senator Margaret Chase Smith in 2017 and NESN personality Tom Caron in 2018.