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Kawauchi in 2016


Yuki Kawauchi's 2016 race results. Click any result for report, photos and video.

Jan. 10: Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon, Kagoshima: 2:15:14 - 1st - CR
Jan. 17: Okukuma Road Race half marathon, Kumamoto: 1:04:00 - 2nd
Jan. 31: Okumusashi Ekiden Second Stage (5.1 km), Saitama: 16:45 - 2nd
Feb. 7: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama: 37:36 - 3rd
Feb. 14: Karatsu 10-Miler, Saga: 48:09 - 13th
Feb. 21: Ome 30 km, Tokyo: 1:32:40 - 3rd
Mar. 6: Biwako Mainichi Marathon, Shiga: 2:11:53 - 7th
Mar. 13: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama: 1:06:42 - 3rd (wearing a full suit)
Mar. 20: New Taipei City Wanjinshi Marathon, Taiwan: 2:14:12 - 2nd
Mar. 27: Nerima Kobushi Half Marathon, Tokyo: 1:05:32 - 1st
Apr. 2: Kanaguri Memorial Meet 1500 m Heat 1, Kumamoto: 3:54.60 - 6th
Apr. 10: Yaizu Minato Half Marathon, Shizuoka: 1:03:47 - 1st
Apr. 17: Challenge Meet in Kumagaya 1500 m Heat 11, Kumagaya: 3:59.70 - 6th
Apr. 24: Zurich Marathon, Switzerland: 2:12:04 - 1st
Apr. 30: Kawauchi no Sato Kaeru Half Marathon, Fukushima: 1:05:42 - 1st
May 4: Kasukabe Odako 10 km, Saitama - ~33 minutes - official results unavailable
May 8: Sendai International Half Marathon, Miyagi: 1:04:35 - 5th
May 15: Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, Gifu: 1:03:39 - 11th
May 29: Kahoku Shinpo Kinshuko Road Race, Iwate: 1:35:20 - 1st
June 19: Okinoshima Ultramarathon 50 km, Shimane: 2:44:07 - 1st - NR
June 26: Hakodate Half Marathon, Hokkaido: 1:04:24 - 5th
July 3: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia: 2:09:01 - 2nd
July 24: Shibetsu Half Marathon, Hokkaido: 1:06:10 - 16th
July 31: Kushiro Shitsugen 30 km Road Race, Hokkaido: 1:34:55 - 1st
Aug. 21: Hoppo Ryodo Nosappu Misaki Half Marathon, Hokkaido: 1:05:34 - 1st
Sept. 25: Berlin Marathon, Germany: 2:11:03 - 13th
Oct. 2: Imabari Half Marathon, Ehime: 1:06:32 - 1st
Oct. 16: Takashimadaira 20 km, Tokyo: 59:43 - 3rd
Oct. 23: Chiba Aqualine Half Marathon, Chiba: 1:06:26 - 2nd
Nov. 6: Porto Marathon, Portugal: 2:14:32 - 2nd
Nov. 20: Ageo City Half Marathon, Saitama: 1:34:26 - 973rd - started at rear of field and ran people down
Dec. 4: Fukuoka International Marathon, Fukuoka: 2:09:11 - 3rd
Dec. 18: Hofu Yomiuri Marathon, Yamaguchi: 2:12:45 - 3rd

text and photo © 2016 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

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