Ultramarathon Legend to Run 31 Hours Straight for Sobriety Birthday

Hilary Phelps (left) with Charlie Engle (right).

To celebrate, Charlie Engle will visit Maryland for the second year in a row and invites the public to advocate for those suffering from substance use disorders by joining the “Movement for Recovery” community

Ultramarathon runner, speaker and author Charlie Engle will travel from North Carolina to Maryland once again to celebrate 31 years in recovery by running 31 hours straight. Engle has run one hour for every year he’s been sober for the last five years, which has drawn large crowds of supporters—some who cheer him on and some who run alongside him.

Charlie Engle was on Conversations with Rich Bennett with Rich Bennett and Wendy Beck for a special Rage Against Addiction episode to speak about this event and hist story. You can listen to it below or by clicking here.

This year, to mark the milestone, Engle teamed up with Ashley Addiction Treatment (Ashley) and speaker, addiction recovery advocate, writer, and holistic wellness coach Hilary Phelps for The Penguin: Movement for Recovery 5K and 31-hour movement event. Now in its second year, the two-day event brings together people in recovery and those who love them and raises funds for those in need of treatment.

Participants can choose to walk/run a 5K and/or participate in the entire 31-hour “movement event” that will include live music, yoga by the bay, a cooling station, photo booth, special guests and great food. Family and friends are also encouraged to participate and all proceeds and donations will go towards scholarships to help others access much-needed care.

Those unable to make the event in-person can attend virtually by following Ashley Addiction Treatment via InstagramFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for live updates.

The event will take place at Ashley Addiction Treatment (main campus), 800 Tydings Lane, Havre de Grace, MD 21078 on Saturday, July 22, 2023 and Sunday, July 23, 2023 (for ultra participants only)


Saturday, July 22 (Day 1):

8:00 a.m. – Registration opens for runners-walkers and fans/guests

9:00 a.m. – 5K and 31-hour walk/run begins

10:30 a.m. – Other campus activities begin

4:00 p.m. – Campus closes to general public

(ultra participants will continue to have access to campus for the full 31 hours)

Sunday, July 23 (Day 2):

8:00 a.m. – Continuation of event for ultra participants

5:00 p.m. – Event closes for all runners


Ashley Addiction Treatment (Ashley) is a nationally recognized leader in the evidence-based treatment of substance use disorders. Ashley’s comprehensive programs integrate a full spectrum of medical, clinical and holistic treatment methods and result in frequent publications of ongoing research into effective treatment methodologies. Ashley’s driving principle – “everything for recovery” – guides healing for each individual with respect and dignity. Accredited by The Joint Commission and a division of Ashley Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Ashley has treated over 55,000 patients since 1983 and has awarded more than $65 million in scholarships to assist patient recovery. Offerings include inpatient and outpatient treatment, sobriety enrichment, community outreach, family and children’s education, and specialty programs. For more information, please visit ashleytreatment.org.

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