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Dejan Popovic practices in marathon

Dejan Popovic cross the finish line of the

Dejan Popovic cross the finish line of the 2015 Long Island Marathon at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

Dejan Popovic, 36, of Melville, used Sunday's L.I. Marathon as a warm-up. Yes, a warm-up. Popovic, who originally is from Croatia, will compete in the Comrades Marathon, an ultramarathon in South Africa, on May 31.

The Comrades Marathon is 56 miles long, Popovic said. A marathon is a mere 26.2 miles long. It will be Popovic's first ultramarathon.

"The most I've ever done in training was 42," Popovic said. "[The L.I. Marathon] was a good tuneup for it. The goal was just to try and stay relaxed, enjoy it, and not get carried away, remembering that I'll still have to go 56 miles [in a few weeks]."

He finished Sunday's race in 3 hours, 38 minutes, 56 seconds.

Popovic, who works at Runners Edge in Farmingdale, grew up in Bellmore and ran for Mepham High School from 1993-1997. He moved to America in 1989, he said.

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