Locals support runner's cause
Warren — Some dedicated local runners joined veteran distance runner Gary Allen on his journey from Cadillac Mountain to the Super Bowl, passing through the Midcoast area Jan. 25.
Allen, who is using his running skills to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, left Mount Cadillac Jan. 24 and ventured through Warren Jan. 25 along Route 90. He has been accompanied on his journey by various local runners and supported by many fans offering cookies, bathroom breaks and water along his 500-mile journey.
After an evening back in Rockland at Amanda Labelle's hospitable house, Allen and troop will head out for the next 50-mile leg Jan. 26.
During a stop along Route 90 in Warren, Allen praised his supportive companion runners and numerous fans.
"The support has been unbelievable," said Allen. He thanked the escorts of Maine State Police and numerous local police departments for their support along his route.
"This is a great running community," said Allen about the support he has received from the Midcoast area.
Allen - whose team had experienced white-out conditions, snow, sleet, rain and pure wind in a single 30-mile leg of the journey - said "This is nothing compared to what our troops have and do on a daily basis."
Allen said he is extremely thankful for the community support. "All walks of life are chipping in," he said.
The 10-day venture is slated to finish in East Rutherford, N.J. on Super Bowl Sunday.
To track Allen's course or to donate, go to maine2superbowlrun.com.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.