A week after his Olympic dreams ended with a 2:11:53 finish at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) took to the streets of his hometown of Kuki, Saitama to run the Kuki Half Marathon. A special guest of race organizers, Kawauchi treated local fans by portraying his role as the Civil Servant Runner in a literal way, running the race wearing a full suit including tie, vest, belt and dress socks.
というわけで、久喜マラソン大会（撮りに）行ってきました～Σp[【◎】]ω｀*)— えるる＠鷲宮 (@erukuma) March 13, 2016
スポーツなんて滅多に撮らないので不安でしたが、川内優輝選手のスタートと間近でとゴールのところは撮れたので満足満足～(*´ω`*) #川内優輝 #マラソン pic.twitter.com/ZOLcInHWbo
The official Guinness World Record for a half marathon in a suit is 1:24:41 by American Gihan Amarasiriwardena last December. Dueling with his longtime friend and rival Saeki Makino (DNPL), runners from Heisei Kokusai University and his younger brothers Yoshiki and Koki, Kawauchi ran 1:06:42 for 3rd behind Makino and one HKU runner. "Kuki isn't a certified course, so this won't be an official Guinness World Record," Kawauchi told JRN post-race. "But I'm glad that I could break the Guinness World Record unofficially. I got pretty sweaty and tired out there, but the people along the course loved it."
川内優輝さん！スーツ姿で爆走中‼︎ pic.twitter.com/GcOwRWrXlN— ▽・x・▽ tru2 (@M31007) March 13, 2016
Race organizers also set up a display of Kawauchi's bib numbers from his races around the world to showcase a local boy's achievements for his fans. Two bibs from his youngest brother Koki also made the display.
川内選手のゼッケンかっけー。 pic.twitter.com/mKjyRfh2BX— 22号 (@kojiro_22) March 13, 2016
Left two columns, top to bottom: "From Hakone to the World."
- 2011 Daegu World Championships, South Korea
- 2012 Kavarna World Half Marathon Championships, Bulgaria
- 2013 Moscow World Championships, Russia
- 2014 Incheon Asian Games, South Korea
- 2007 and 2009 Hakone Ekiden, Japan
- 2013, 2014 and 2015 New York City Marathon, U.S.A.
- 2015 Cape Town Marathon, South Africa
- 2013 Luxor Marathon, Egypt
- 2013, 2014 and 2015 Gold Coast Marathon
- 2012 Sydney Marathon
- 2014 City to Surf Perth Marathon
- 2013 Melbourne Marathon
- 2015 Zurich Marathon, Switzerland
- 2014 Hamburg Marathon, Germany
- 2013 Great North Run half marathon, U.K.
- 2014 Athens Classic Marathon (Koki Kawauchi), Greece
- 2015 Ankor Empire Marathon (Koki Kawauchi), Cambodia
- 2015 Bitburger Silvesterlauf 8 km, Germany
- 2013 Seoul Marathon, South Korea
- 2012 Dusseldorf Marathon, Germany
- 2013 San Silvestre Vallecana 10 km, Spain
- 2014 Cursa dels Nassos 10 km, Spain
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