translated and edited by Brett Larner
The 8th annual Okinoshima Ultramarathon took place June 16 on the island of Okinoshima. 452 runners took part, including 141 women. First among them in the event's 50 km division was Moscow World Championships marathon team member and defending champion Yuki Kawauchi (26, Saitama Pref. Gov't), who crossed the line in 2:57:28. Kawauchi's father Ashio Kawauchi, who passed away in 2005 at age 59, was a native of Okinoshima, giving the Father's Day race a special significance for the younger Kawauchi.
It was his third-straight year running the Okinoshima Ultramarathon 50 km, with a DNF after collapsing with heat exhaustion in the final kilometers of 2011's race and a 2:51:45 course record last year. At this year's race, after crossing the finish line Kawauchi appeared to be suffering from heatstroke and was rushed to the medical tent. He was then taken to a local hospital while being given oxygen. Weather conditions at the time of Kawauchi's finish just before 2:00 p.m. were 24.7 degrees with 85% humidity.