March 14, 2013. Greensboro, North Carolina. Motivational fortune cookie saying are tacked to a board on Engle's refrigerator. . Charlie Engle is an ultra marathon runner who accomplishments include a 4500 mile run across the Sahara Desert and many other several hundred mile runs in of 40 countries. . In 2010, Engle was convicted of mortgage fraud and spent a year and half in federal prison. Now released, Engle is training for an ultra marathon through Death Valley this summer.