January 11, 2013

Life of the long-distance runner

From staff reports

Gary Allen of Great Cranberry Island ran through Falmouth on Thursday as part of his 700-mile run from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to Washington, D.C., to raise money for the Wounded Warrior project, the American Cancer Society and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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Gary Allen, a resident of Great Cranberry Island runs through Falmouth on his way to DC from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Here he runs through the construction on Martin's Point Bridge with fellow Crow Athletes club runner, Blaine Moore of Windham, who joined him in Falmouth for a segment of the run to Biddeford.

Gordon Chibroski

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Gary Allen, a resident of Great Cranberry Island stops at the Irving Station in Falmouth on his way to DC from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park for food and drink and to change socks. He is supported by fellow runners in his running group called Crow Athletes. Left is Kevin Morris of Brunswick and right is Sarah Emerson of Westbrook who ran with him from Brunswick to Yarmouth.

Gordon Chibroski

Allen, 56, hopes to arrive in the nation's capital in time for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21.

His journey began Monday, when he ran down Cadillac Mountain on snowshoes after a friend took him to the top by snowmobile. He has been running about 10 hours a day and has enjoyed support along the way.

"I feel like I am riding the crest of a wave that is gathering momentum like crazy," Allen said.

For more information about Allen's run or to track his location, go to: maine2dcrun.com.

 

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