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The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results:

Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each

Upcoming race schedule:

Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden, Saitama
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden, Saitama
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka
Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan
Mar. 25: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama
Apr. 16: Boston Marathon, U.S.A.
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Sept. 2: Wakkanai Heiwa Marathon, Hokkaido

Past years' results:
2017  ・ 2016 ・ 2015 ・ 2014 ・ 2013 ・ 2012

photo © 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Comments

The Kawauchi Fan Club thanks you for this info !
Metts said…
I'll be at the Incheon half marathon this Sunday. Signed up to run but not sure if I'm ready to race or participate. Its about 3 kilometers from my home.
patrick voo said…
just seeing this rundown all in one spot is mind-boggling. and wait ... there's a Kawauchi Fan Club?? how did i not know about this? and where do i sign up?!?
Metts said…
International runners at Incheon Half Marathon: Kimosop Kiprono, Isaac Kimutai Kiplagat, Kiprop Mutai, Erastus Mumo Mutua, Paul Kipkemoi Kiporir;Kenyan runners. Yuki Kawauchi, and a few others from other countries.
Ian Eckersley said…
Great to see that Yuki is coming back Down Under to the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July. We love him in Australia. Can he regain the title he won in 2013? And can he break the course record (set just last year) of 2:09.14?
wil said…
have you got Kawauchi's complete result list? great if you have!
Brett Larner said…
Yes, it will feature in my forthcoming authorized biography of Kawauchi.
Hello Brett, will you write an english version for this biography ?
Kawauchi once said he thinks his physical submit would be when he is 30 (2017). Do you think he will really slow down his competition rythm after 2017/2018 ?
Brett Larner said…
Yes, it will be in English. He has said that he will shift focus away from running on the Japanese national team at World Championships and Olympics after the 2017 World Championships in London. I would not expect him to otherwise slow down his racing schedule, just a change in goals and focus.
I think many (including myself) would love to see him trying the 100 Kilometers and maybe fighting the world record ?... WR is 6h13'33'' (1998) by another Japonese athlete, Takahiro Sunada who became a 2h10' marathoner (2010) AFTER running 100-K world record.

Both Ingrid Kristiansen and Paula Radcliffe ran their PB for 10000 meters after they became marathoners, maybe the same rule could work for marathon/100-K ?
Yuki Kawauchi is amazing, he races so often and consistently clocked fast time! He is really an inspiration to all amateur runners! I love seeing him beat the professional runners ! Great blog, Brett !
simonfranklin said…
Early April? Is yuki coming to London :)
simonfranklin said…
Marathon early April? Overseas? London?
Brett Larner said…
He plans to announce his spring marathon schedule a bit later, so I'm not at liberty to say which races at this point.
Patrick said…
The "Most Beautiful Urban Marathon", Twin Cities Marathon, would be lucky to have an athlete like Kawauchi compete! I'm sure he'd be in contention for the title if he ran here in Minnesota.
Brett Larner said…
That's not a bad idea, Patrick.
Marcelo said…
I'm a number one fan of Kawauchi, I live in Brazil.
Anonymous said…
In the current world of bland & uninspiring professional athletes, it is always refreshing to read of the exploits of Kawauchi - an extraordinary athlete who races hard & often, and holds down a full time job! What a legend! He is a throwback to a bygone era, where athletes weren't one dimensional & mundane! I'm hoping Yuki will race my hometown Melbourne Marathon one day...

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