Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is running the Boston Marathon today in spite of the fact that he has never even run a 5K before, according to USA Today.
“It’s one of those bucket list things you want to do in life,” Mullen said. “It’s like skydiving. The Boston Marathon made more sense than skydiving as I’ve gotten older. I’d love to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro, go on an African safari. I told my wife, ‘You know, I do this one and I might get the urge to do an Ironman or something crazy like that.’”
Mullen himself is from Manchester, New Hampshire, 70 miles north of the Boston Marathon’s starting line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, so this is also something of a homecoming for him. Though he has never been much of a runner, he actually started training for this last year and ran four miles each morning prior to staff meetings.
The longtime Bulldogs coach stopped running once the season started, but picked up again at season’s end and now hopes to finish the marathon in roughly four-and-a-half hours. He is running for the Mullen 36 Foundation, his charity which benefits children across Mississippi.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Dan Mullen’s marathon finish!
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