translated and edited by Brett Larner
2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi (28, Saitama Pref. Gov't) won Tuesday's Toyohiragawa Half Marathon in Sapporo, Hokkaido, running 1:09:23. Beginning on May 3 he travelled more than 3000 km across the country in three days, winning Sunday's Asagiriko Half Marathon in Ehime in 1:07:23 and following up on Monday with a 1:07:03 win at Saitama's Kasukabe Otako Half Marathon. He completed his unprecedented streak of three half marathon wins on three consecutive days at Toyohiragawa, running solo right from the gun.
"I wanted to run a bit better time than this, but my legs were heavy right from when I started warming up," he said. "But still," he added, showing satisfaction in his performances, "this was a solid streak, so I think today was a good run." After the race Kawauchi planned to "go to Kogane Onsen to help recover from the fatigue," the hot spring now a regular fixture on his schedule whenever he comes to Sapporo. Next up he will race the May 10 Sendai International Half Marathon. For the civil servant runner, there are still countless challenges to take on outside the usual box.