Ultra-marathoner to run in N.C. park for 27 straight hours

North Carolina

Charlie Engle, via Facebook

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An ultra-marathoner is marking his 27th year of recovery by running for 27 continuous hours through a North Carolina park.

Charlie Engle of Raleigh says he’ll start running at 8 a.m. Saturday and won’t stop until 11 a.m. Sunday in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. He wants to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and to promote Healing Transitions, a nonprofit that provides free drug addiction recovery services to more than 300 homeless, uninsured and underserved people.

Engle has written a memoir titled “Running Man.” His feats include running across the Sahara Desert. Last year, he ran 118 miles over 26 hours to mark his recovery.

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