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RE: Today is D-Day for Charlie Engle
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Charlie Engle: Endurance Junkie
Find out how Charlie Engle went from drug addict to ultramarathoner.
By Jeff Pearlman
Published 03/10/2008

Though quirkiness trailed Charlie like a lost puppy, he was also gifted with an uncommon athletic lineage. Not only had his father played freshman basketball under Dean Smith at North Carolina, but his grandfather, Dale Ranson, was a legendary UNC cross-country and track coach for decades. So it was no surprise when Charlie developed his own aptitude for sports. He ran his first sub-five-minute mile as an eighth-grader, and as the star quarterback at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, he was recruited (albeit lightly) by Clemson and North Carolina. "I got more attention for football than running," he says. "But when I got hit hard on the football field, I didn't like it. The punishment that appealed to me was from running. I just loved the freedom, the time for thought, the individuality. Even as a teenager I was getting up at 5:30 a.m. and running. I had that urge."

Engle ran a 4:40 mile in high school, excellent for the prep ranks but hardly good enough to excel at the Division I collegiate level. Once he arrived at North Carolina, Engle switched focuses from long distances to long nights. He drank--and then some. "One night a buddy had a little cylinder with a chamber filled with cocaine," Engle says. "I did two hits. I didn't feel anything particularly strong, and that's what started the mind-set of, 'This really isn't that big of a deal.'" Two weeks later Engle spent an entire night doing coke. "And I can honestly say that I spent the next 10 years chasing that feeling."

Indeed, the Charlie Engle everyone once knew--trustworthy, honest, hardworking, engaging, decent--was no more.

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