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Local teacher goes from near death to ultramarathon

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- He used to enter 5ks and pray he didn't finish last, but now Harvey Lewis not only competes in the world's most challenging races, he's winning them.

A car crash ten years ago almost took everything away from Harvey.

"My car just flipped over violently about four or five times," Harvey said. "I heard my neck crack when the vehicle pushed in on me. It was just like a miracle to survive. I was so thankful to be alive at that point."

Harvey took his new lease on life, and ran with it, quite literally.

He'd always been a runner, but after the accident, running became much more than just a hobby. Harvey ran 5k's, 10k's, marathons, and then came Badwater.

"Badwater is a hundred and thirty five mile race," said Harvey. "It's out in the wastelands of California. It's very mountainous, very rigorous, and very hot - over a hundred degrees. We had about nineteen thousand feet of climb."

This year, Harvey entered the race for the fourth time.

"We had about 1,900 feet of climb, and so your quads and your hamstrings get really tight."

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