translated by Brett Larner
Having finished 18th in the Moscow World Championships marathon just two weeks ago, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (26, Saitama Pref. Gov't.) returned to competition Sept. 1 at the 45th running of the five-stage, 30 km Harunako Ekiden in Takasaki, Gunma. Running as part of the Breakthrough team made up of his training partners, Kawauchi ran the 5.5 km Fourth Stage. Receiving the tasuki in 6th place, he passed three people to move Breakthrough up to 3rd. Kawauchi missed breaking his own stage record of 15:48 but his time of 16:13 was enough to earn him stage best honors.
Since returning from the World Championships Kawauchi has announced that he will run the Dec. 1st Fukuoka International Marathon, a selection race for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, to determine whether or not to continue to run summer races including future Olympics and World Championships. In the lead-up to Fukuoka he will run high-level overseas races including the Sept. 15 Great North Run half marathon in the U.K. and the Nov. 3 New York City Marathon as well as a number of domestic races.