translated by Brett Larner
After finishing 2nd in Sunday's Melbourne Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (26, Saitama Pref. Gov't) visited Melbourne High School on Oct. 14. Melbourne High School has had a sister school relationship with Kasukabe High School, where Kawauchi is employed, for fourteen years, sending exchange students to each other every year, and his visit to the school came through that connection. Among its graduates, Melbourne High School counts 1964 Tokyo Olympics 10000 m bronze medalist Ron Clarke.
After running 15 km early in the morning, Kawauchi was greeted at the school by principal Jeremy Ludowyck and Kasukabe H.S. exchange student Mao Kato. "I'm honored to find out that the place I work has a relationship with a school with such a long tradition," Kawauchi commented. "I feel that the students who go to school here are very fortunate."