85 miles nets $10K for school
May 10, 2013 · Jake Krob
Allan Mallie raised more than $10,000 for the school he loves by completing more than 80 miles in a 24-hour run this past weekend. And Mount Vernon's Casey O'Connor finished first overall among men who competed.
The event was the Cornbelt Running Club 24-Hour Run, held at the North Scott School District track in Eldridge from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.
A 1978 graduate of Lisbon High School, Mallie, 53, is a member of the Lisbon School Board. He's also a runner. When he heard about the 24-hour run, he decided to challenge himself and others. He got pledges - $118 per mile - to donate to the recently formed Lisbon parent-teacher organization.
When the clock struck 7 a.m. Sunday, Mallie had completed 85.13 miles, raising $10,045.34 for the PTO.
Thirty-eight people participated in the run. O'Connor, 39, completed 100.72 miles for first among men. Bonnie Busch, 55, of Bettendorf, finished first overall with 105.83 miles. Mallie's mileage total put him third among men, fifth overall.
"How did I do that?" Mallie said Monday morning, in a bit of disbelief that he'd run far beyond what he thought he'd do (50 or 60 miles).
He said he kept moving around the track for 80 miles before stopping for a bit of a break. Then he asked someone to do the math: How many total miles would he need to raise at least $10,000 for the PTO?
The answer: 84.75.
Mallie set his sights on breaking the 85-mile mark.
"I was doing four-minute laps at the end," he said. "With a minute, 50 (seconds) left, I did an all-out sprint."
Mallie said several things kept him going, including the intense desire to raise as much money as possible for the PTO.
He also said he "worked for the little goals," first completing a 5K, then a 10K, then a half-marathon.
Mallie said the other participants were a huge help, too.
"It was a perpetual motion meet-and-greet," he said.
When he started hitting a wall in the darkness of the night, he turned to keeping his mind off the run.
Volunteers sat in one area, counting laps. When Mallie passed them, he sang the verse of a song, starting with "I've been working on the railroad," and someone finished it.
"I would spend the next lap thinking, 'What song am I going to do next?' " Mallie said.
Prior to the 24-hour run, Mallie's longest distance had been 31 miles.
He said aside from a swollen ankle and a few blisters, "I feel good."
Sunday afternoon he was back working on his farm north of Lisbon-Mount Vernon.