Locals support runner's cause

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jan 25, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Local runners Ron Haney of Warren and Eric Kangas of Camden flank Gary Allen, center, along Route 90 in Warren Jan. 25. Allen is making a 500-mile trek to the Super Bowl in an effort to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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 bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.



Distance runner Gary Allen receives nutrients and advice from supportive cousin Seth Reece during a break along Route 90 in Warren Jan. 25. Allen is on track for his mission to run 500 miles in 10 days - and he has made it clear that weather is not a detterant!! (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Taking a break during his 500-mile run from Cadillac Mountain to the Super Bowl is Gary Allen Jan. 25. Companion runner Sarah Emerson of Westbrook gives Allen some words of wisdom as he rejuvenates his body, mind and soul on the side of the road in Warren. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Taking a moment to regroup before continuing on the 500-mile trek to the Super Bowl in support of the Wounded Warriors Project is Gary Allen, center, along with local runners Eric Kangas of Camden, left and Ron Haney of Warren, right. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
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