COA hosts talk by Gary Allen on his run from Maine to D.C.

Posted May 20, 2013, at 10:49 p.m.
Last modified May 21, 2013, at 10:24 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:10 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: John Visvader; 207-288-5015;

BAR HARBOR, Maine — In the middle of winter, avoiding potholes, cars, and icy roads, ignoring swollen muscles and sheer exhaustion, Gary Allen ran from the summit of Cadillac Mountain to the steps of the United States Capitol Building. In two weeks. That was about 50 miles a day, every day, for 14 days straight. Allen will be talking about his adventure, and showing pictures of the journey, on Tuesday, May 28 at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall.

Allen, who organizes the MDI marathon, is no stranger to running. He has completed more than 80 marathons; 65 of them were finished in less than three hours. Allen, who is 56, is said to be one of the few runners in the world to have run a marathon in less than three hours in five consecutive decades. He has also run five marathons longer than 26.2 miles, known as ultra-marathons.

This is all the more extraordinary because Allen’s training ground is Great Cranberry Island, where the main road is only two miles long. Says Allen, “I estimate I have covered around 75,000 miles on that single piece of broken road. When you have absolutely no option of running a different or varied loop, the only decision is whether you will run or not, and how far you will go. Running out on Great Cranberry Island made me at times feel like a caged lion and when I got out into the world to run a race it felt easy simply because I felt free.”

The run raised more than $13,000 for the American Cancer Society, the Wounded Warrior Project and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. For more on Allen and his run, visit his website,

For more on Gary Allen’s talk in COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, contact John Visvader at, or 288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit