(NECN) - With sore feet and swelling emotions, a Maine man is celebrating the completion of an inspiring journey after running to Washington, D.C. for President Obama's inauguration.
Gary Allen arrived at the U.S. Capitol last night after running 705 miles from Acadia National Park by running an average of 50 miles a day.
Allen needed some help getting up the steps, but was still triumphant.
On Tuesday, several Maine lawmakers, including Senator Susan Collins, met with Allen to congratulate him and his run, and to hear the tale of how and why.
"I wanted this journey to be, you know, symbolic in a lot of ways, and I'm kind of one of those kind of people, and I said, 'Well, let's make an epic finish,' and no place more epic than here," Allen said.
Allen raised more than $12,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cancer Society and Sandy Hook Elementary School during his run.