Bainbridge man completes 100-mile ultra marathon

Published 4:23 pm Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Harold Allen, a marathon runner from Bainbridge, has topped himself yet again. Running Marathons is impressive enough, but Allen did not want to stop there. He set his sights on another goal, but in March he accomplished it.

On Saturdady, March 25, Harold Allen began a 100-mile race at Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

He finished the race 28 hours later on Sunday. 

“It was tough,” said Allen. “That course was run through forests and beach. It had close to 9000 feet in elevation change.”

To most people, running a mile sounds hard. Going 100 miles sounds like something that you don’t even want to do in a car. For Allen, it was his next challenge.

“I wanted to physically challenge myself,” said Allen. “I wanted to know if I could endure and make it.”

Allen attributes his success to his mental training. He says that as long as something thinks they can, they can do it.

His goal to complete was to have enough miles down by sundown to complete the final stretch of the race.

Allen was around mile 62 when the sun began to rest.

Around mile 70, Allen’s foot began to hurt but that was not going to be enough to deter him.

After a short break, Allen was back on it.

“I just had to stay focused,” said Allen. “When you sit, you realize the pain that’s there isn’’t going nowhere. I wanted to get it done, I wanted to be a person that didn’t just talk about it, I wanted to be a person that did it.”

“It was tough,” said Allen. “That course was run through forests and beach. It had close to 9000 feet in elevation change.”

Harold also completed the Snickers Marathon on March 4th in Albany.

He finished in three hours and 27 minutes for a new personal best.