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Kawauchi Passes 44 People at Saitama Ekiden



Civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (30, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran the 12.1 km Third Stage at the 6-stage, 42.195 km Saitama Ekiden Sunday in Kumagaya, Saitama. Delivering a fast run, he passed 44 people en route to the handoff. "That was a lot of fun," he said afterward with a sweaty smile.

Starting far back from the lead, Kawauchi mowed down runners all three division as he moved up through the field. HIs time of 36:54 ranked him 4th on his stage, where Ageo City Half Marathon course record setter Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) took a minute and a half off his own record with a new mark of 34:34. Wearing clear sunglasses to block the headwind, Kawauchi said, "All I was thinking about was moving forward and pulling the team's position up all by myself."

Last weekend Kawauchi was beaten by high schooler Ryu Hashimoto (Tokyo Nogyo Daisan H.S.) in finishing 6th on the opening stage at the Okumusashi Ekiden. He didn't win his stage either then or in Saitama, but, he said, "I don't have any injuries and I'm not in too bad shape." Next weekend he races the Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon.

85th Saitama Ekiden

Kumagaya, Saitama, 2/4/18
6 stages, 42.195 km, 80 teams
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Top Team Results
1. Nihon Yakka Univ. - 2:09:29 (open)
2. Saitama Sakae H.S. - 2:10:38 (H.S.)
3. Shindengen Kogyo - 2:12:16 (open)
4. Musashino Gakuin Univ. - 2:12:43 (open)
5. Hanasaki Tokuhara H.S. - 2:13:08 (H.S.)

Top Individual Stage Performances
First Stage (6.595 km) - Tomoki Ichimura (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 19:45
Second Stage (3.1 km) - Shinba Sato (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 9:24
Third Stage (12.1 km)
1. Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakku Univ.) - 34:34 - CR
2. Titus Wanbua (Musashino Gakuin Univ.) - 36:38
3. Rui Watanabe (Shindengen Kogyo) - 36:46
4. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 36:54
5. Ryu Hashimoto (Tokyo Nogyo Daisan H.S.) - 37:21
Fourth Stage (3.9 km) - Tetta Shiratori (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 12:04
Fifth Stage (10.5 km) - Shoya Hayata (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 33:11
Sixth Stage (6.0 km) - Naoki Yamada (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 18:21

source article: 
http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20180204-OHT1T50078.html
translated and edited by Brett Larner

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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
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
Upcoming race schedule: Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan
Mar. 25: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama
Apr. 16: Boston Marathon, U.S.A.
May 5: Toyohirakawa Half Marathon, Hokkaido
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
June 17: Okinoshima 50 km Ultramarathon, Shimane
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Aug. 2…