Gary Allen, founder and race director of the Mount Desert Island Marathon, has run over 100,000 lifetime miles. He has competed in 21 Boston Marathons and in 15 New York City Marathons, with personal bests on those courses of 2:40:04 and 2:39:20, respectively, and for the past 10 years he has started each year by running the Boston Marathon route on New Year's morning just for fun. In all, he has competed in 91 career marathons, finishing 67 of them under three hours.

Allen's latest project - Maine to Super Bowl run - involves a 500-mile run in 10 days to support the Wounded Warrior Project. He will set off on Friday, January 24, from the summit of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park and plans to finish on Sunday, February 2, at Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, New Jersey - running 10 consecutive 50-mile days through small towns and large cities in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and into New Jersey. Allen encourages runners to join him along his way.

Last year, Allen ran 705.2 miles in January - from Cadillac Mountain to Washington, D.C. - to support wounded troops, cancer research and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.

Allen explained, "Setting out on a run like this is never a sure thing. There are a million things that could go wrong. I have learned that the only thing I can control is the stride and breath I am in and beyond there I have to just trust that all will work out for the best."

To support Allen's run, to track his route, and to make donations directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, go to