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KINGWOOD -

Chesapeake Energy held it's Inaugural Operation Ultra Saturday at Camp Dawson.

Operation Ultra is a 24-hour endurance run that aims to support the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, participants began running.

Running where you may ask?

Back and forth for 24 hours straight.

"24 hours is such a commitment and our veterans and our soldiers give that kind of commitment at 150 percent all day, every day," said Jacque Bland, Chesapeake Media Relations Specialist. "It's to symbolize that kind of commitment they give."

The run is being held on a one-mile-loop course.

Runners will cover as much distance as possible in a 24-hour period.

"I'm going to say 50 right now," said Jason Shuttlesworth, a resident of Morgantown. "I'm not sure. Ill make a decision at 50 miles if I want to go on."

Jason Streight of Mannington didn't set a goal.

"Just whatever feels good," he said. "It's more for the cause. I'll do what I can."

It costs 25 dollars to register for the endurance run and all proceeds will be donated to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

Some said there is no better way to support the veterans then by giving the endurance run all they got for 24 hours.

"With it being Veterans Day weekend and benefiting a veterans organization we wanted to make it symbolic of the hardship endured during combat," said James Lostroscio, Chesapeake Engineering Tech. "Running for 24 hours requires a lot more than physical capability. There's a lot of mental fortitude required in that too."

Although this is the first year that Chesapeake Energy has done this event, they said they would like to make it a yearly tradition.

They said they hope the number of runners increases every year.