MSU's Mullen to run Boston Marathon

Dan Mullen
Staff Writer

Since arriving at Mississippi State in December of 2008, head football coach Dan Mullen has preached the benefits of giving relentless effort.
Now, it’s almost time to see if Mullen can practice what he preaches.
On Monday, MSU’s eighth-year leader will run in the Boston Marathon. Mullen will make the 26.2 mile trek as a fundraiser for the Mullen Family 36 Foundation, an organization started by Mullen and his wife, Megan, that contributes to different charities around the state of Mississippi.
"Growing up in the Northeast, it's a dream come true to run the Boston Marathon,” Mullen, a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, said. “It's a bucket-list item for sure, and to be able to do it while supporting the kids of Mississippi with our Mullen 36 Foundation makes it even more special."
The Boston Marathon stands as the world’s oldest annual marathon and is one of the most prestigious road racing events in the world according the the Boston Athletic Association’s website. Runners must qualify to participate in the event, but when Mullen was offered a sponsor’s exemption by adidas to enter the race, he jumped at the chance.
Already a sporadic runner, Mullen began training for the marathon last summer. As prepared as he may be, Mullen knows it won’t be easy to get to the finish line on Monday.
"It's all about mental toughness and straining through those final miles,” Mullen said. “I’m sure when I get to mile 20, it will be all about mental toughness.”
For more on Mullen's quest, see the story by Starkville Daily News MSU beat writer Joel Coleman in Friday's newspaper.