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Local Runners Back from South Africa for Boilermaker 2014

Two local runners are just back from South Africa where they completed an ultramarathon. The pair ran the 56 mile "Comrads Marathon" all the way across the world and now they're back for their hometown race.
Two local runners are just back from South Africa where they completed an ultramarathon. The pair ran the 56 mile "Comrads Marathon" all the way across the world and now they're back for their hometown race.

On June1st, more than half a world away from Central New York and what seemed like half a world away from the finish line, Cory Battles and Thomas Joslin ran the world's largest ultramarathon.

"It was awesome, it was really a fantastic experience, wall to wall people for 56 miles, just amazing crowd support and it's a big tradition down there," says Joslin.

It is a tradition that started back in 1921. This year, Battles and Joslin were just two of 15,000 Comrades 89k runners. The 56 mile ultramarathon has a 12 hour cap. Both runners finished well under time and without stopping.

"There are aid stations so you're grabbing water and some food but you don't actually ever stop you kind of grab it as you run,” said Joslin.

"You're so filled with adrenalin when you're coming in, because you finish in a cricket stadium actually so you come into a stadium filled with thousands of cheering fans and it's a feeling like I’ve never had before but once you cross the finish line you fall apart, I fell apart pretty quickly,” said Battles.

Battles is from Utica and Joslin is from the Town of Russia. Both say as amazing of an experience as the Comrades Ultramarathon was, there's just nothing like running on Boilermaker Sunday.

"I can't wait this will be my 19th boilermaker and it's my number one race of the year so I’m looking forward to it as always,” says Joslin.

"This will be my 12th Boilermaker and still, like he said, nothing compares to the Boilermaker it's still our race and I can't wait,” said Battles.

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