translated by Brett Larner
In an interview with the Hokkaido Newspaper, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (25, Saitama Pref.) announced that he will make his Hokkaido Marathon debut at this year's race on August 26. With 11000 entrants the Hokkaido Marathon is setting a new record for participation, but with top athletes like Kawauchi in the field the elite end of the race will also be high-level.
Kawauchi graduated from Gakushuin University in 2009, taking a job with the Saitama Prefectural Government. Eschewing the corporate running system and training on his own while working full-time, he finished 3rd overall as the top Japanese finisher at last December's Fukuoka International Marathon. At February's Tokyo Marathon Olympic selection race he finished 14th, missing a place on the London team.