Recovering Addict Marks 30 Years Of Sobriety With 30-Hour Run In Havre de Grace


Ashley Addiction Treatment is at 800 Tydings Lane in Havre de Grace. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD — A man is running for 30 hours in Havre de Grace this weekend.

Ultramarathon runner Charlie Engle is celebrating his 30 years of sobriety at Ashley Addiction Treatment’s campus on Tydings Lane.

This is not the first time Engle has celebrated his sober anniversary by running. He ran for 26 hours to celebrate his 26 years of sobriety in 2018 and ran 27 hours to celebrate 27 years of sobriety in 2019, according to Runner’s World. He has also run across the Sahara Desert and written a book about his journey called Running Man.

New age author Deepak Chopra was to join Engle virtually for an opening ceremony Saturday morning in Havre de Grace for the two-day event called “The Penguin: Movement for Recovery.” It marks 30 years since Engle's last drink or drug, which was on July 22, 1992.

Engle is a brand ambassador for Ashley Addiction Treatment, overseeing things like fitness programming and lectures for patients at the alcohol and drug treatment center.

Anyone can run or walk with Engle virtually or in person to celebrate recovery with Engle for any distance. Yoga and fitness talks are part of the programming for the event on the Ashley campus on Saturday and Sunday.

"We've got a really good crowd," said Engle, who is broadcasting some of his 30-hour journey, which he is making in spite of the 90-degree heat.

Those who want to join can check out The Penguin: Movement for Recovery page about in-person and virtual options. Funds raised through the event will go to Ashley Addiction Treatment research and programs. Ashley Addiction Treatment is at 800 Tydings Lane.

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