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Runners from across the country participate in Charleston's inaugural Salmon Run

Dedicated runners woke up at the crack of dawn Saturday to take on the first marathon in Coos County, Oct. 8, 2017. (SBG)

CHARLESTON, Ore. -- Some local organizations will benefit from a race in Charleston over the weekend.

Dedicated runners woke up at the crack of dawn Saturday to take on the first marathon in Coos County.

The inaugural Salmon Run brought in folks from all over the nation, from first time runners to seasoned marathoners.

"I trained quite a bit…hopefully enough," said Jeremy, a runner from Vancouver, Wash.

"I've done over 420 marathons,” said Chuck Engle of Lancaster, Ohio. “This will be my fourth in four weekends. I'm just going to keep running them this year, probably tag one every weekend if I can."

The Salmon Run featured races at three different distances and a one-mile crab walk.

There was a little rainfall, but it didn't stop participants from reaching their goal. It took just over three hours for the first marathoner to cross the finish line.

Engle, also known as the marathon junkie, won the 26.2-mile race but says it wasn't an easy feat. "When you start hitting mile 20-21 and you're still climbing hills, I'm an experienced marathon runner and this course put me to the test."

It was marathon win number 201 for Engle.

For the other participants, whether they walked or ran, making it to the finish line was a big success.

The inaugural Salmon Run benefited the American Cancer Society, the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the Octoberfish Festival.

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