Yuki Kawauchi just became the first amateur runner to win the boston marathon in decades. a high School Administrator, He's Known As the "Citizen Runner" in Japan, and he has to go back to work tomorrow.



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17 Apr 2018 01:23 - +8841
> Distance running at the top levels is dominated by East Africans; he’s Japanese. Most elite marathoners train with a group and a coach, with corporate sponsorship that allows them to train full-time. They run twice a day, spend time at altitude, and have access to the latest equipment, nutrition, and sport science. Kawauchi has neither coach nor training group nor corporate sponsorship. He fits once-a-day workouts around his full-time government job. That's pretty remarkable.
17 Apr 2018 02:43 - +4322
>and he has to go back to work tomorrow The most Japanese thing I've read all week
17 Apr 2018 01:39 - +1622
> At just 30 years old, Yuki Kawauchi is in a distance running category of his own. As of January 1, he has run the most sub-2:20 marathons of anyone, ever—76. He’s also run the most sub-2:12 marathons of anyone, ever—25. Kawauchi—one guy—has run more sub-2:10 marathons since 2011 than the whole United States put together. Kawauchi’s best time for 2017—2:09:18—was two seconds faster than the fastest marathon of the year by any U.S. man, which would be Galen Rupp, who ran a career best of 2:09:20 in Chicago. Rupp, like most athletes at that level, ran two marathons in 2017. Kawauchi ran 12. > His singularity continues. Distance running at the top levels is dominated by East Africans; he’s Japanese. Most elite marathoners train with a group and a coach, with corporate sponsorship that allows them to train full-time. They run twice a day, spend time at altitude, and have access to the latest equipment, nutrition, and sport science. Kawauchi has neither coach nor training group nor corporate sponsorship. He fits once-a-day workouts around his full-time government job. He made his own home gym, and is more likely to look at the methods of great runners of the past than the training philosophy du jour. He’s wildly popular in Japan, and is one of the few distance runners anywhere with a truly global fan base.
17 Apr 2018 01:25 - +688
He certainly looked surprised when [he realized he'd won.](https://i.imgur.com/BtasIop.png)
17 Apr 2018 02:59 - +500
The Japanese are on a roll! Won Indy 500, have the hottest player in baseball, now they win the Boston marathon - amazing!
17 Apr 2018 03:31 - +421
Citizen Runner and Mumen Rider are the true heroes of the series.
17 Apr 2018 01:55 - +236
OP here. Sorry for the serial killer capitalization; does this sub do something weird to titles?
17 Apr 2018 03:35 - +173
This reminds me of how in the original Japanese ninja warrior show (Sasuke), most of the competitors were literally normal dudes like shoe salesman, teacher, fisherman, etc..., in contrast to the US competitors who were mostly all athletes.
17 Apr 2018 02:35 - +158
This year’s race brought out the guts in a lot of runners. Congrats to Yuki and Des Linden! 38 degrees, 31 wind chill, pouring rain. 26.2 miles is hard enough in ideal conditions let alone what these two fought through.
17 Apr 2018 04:29 - +92
“Critics point to his relatively poor performances in big races—World Championships and World Marathon Majors—and the fact that his personal best of 2:08:14 is more than five minutes off the world record, not even close to the top 200 performances all-time” the fact that this guy has “critics” is ridiculous
17 Apr 2018 02:13 - +88
And he will be early.
17 Apr 2018 02:26 - +84
He looks like a Japanese William Dafoe
17 Apr 2018 02:54 - +75
Hope he enjoyed the freezing rain! Yay, New England weather!
17 Apr 2018 02:56 - +46
I remember watching a eurosport documentary about this guy about 5 years ago. think it was eurosport. I can’t believe he actually won one. I was in awe of his ability and hard work. so much respect is due. I actually feel so proud even though it is his achievement. I wish him further success and hope he finally gets the acknowledgment he deserves
17 Apr 2018 03:29 - +45
And Des linden was the first American female in 33 years to win it today! Booyah!
17 Apr 2018 03:31 - +41
Mumen Runner?
17 Apr 2018 03:16 - +40
Waiting for a sports anime to be based on him now. This is wild and absolutely remarkable.
17 Apr 2018 02:39 - +27
Why isn’t he a pro?
17 Apr 2018 02:48 - +25
Fuck yeah, what a baller, man.
17 Apr 2018 03:18 - +25
> he has run the most sub-2:20 marathons of anyone, ever—76. > He’s also run the most sub-2:12 marathons of anyone, ever—25 Seems like a real underdog
17 Apr 2018 03:15 - +20
"Fuck off I got work to do"
17 Apr 2018 04:36 - +19
I'm pretty sure I couldnt win the Boston Marathon with a bike. Congrats the winner and finishers.
17 Apr 2018 04:28 - +11
As a Kenyan i read his last name with a thick accent and assumed he was Kalenjin* >(Kenyan ethnic group credited with popularizing competitive running in Kenya).
17 Apr 2018 03:16 - +10
While I sat at my desk all day and feel like taking a nap right now....
17 Apr 2018 06:33 - +10
A friend posted a link I can’t find right now of his training routine. General training routine Monday 70-100min at 5min/km pace, about 20km Tuesday Same as Monday Wednesday Speedwork: 10 x 1,000m in 3min or less, or 20 x 400m at a faster pace, or a Tempo Run Thursday Same as Monday Friday Same as Monday Saturday Trail run in mountains, or race (Depends on Sunday) Sunday Race, or Serious Long Tempo Run (Depends on Saturday)
17 Apr 2018 03:40 - +9
Does he still get the top prize money?
17 Apr 2018 04:01 - +9
Man I'm really happy for him. What an incredible accomplishment.
17 Apr 2018 05:43 - +9
his "what did you do this weekend" smalltalk is going to be killer.
17 Apr 2018 04:10 - +8
His story will probably inspire a successful manga in the future
17 Apr 2018 05:45 - +8
Also, they pay teachers well enough in Japan that they can have side hobbies like win the Boston Marathon.
17 Apr 2018 03:52 - +7
How is this even possible?
17 Apr 2018 06:29 - +6
Is this what it's like when a high number district wins the hunger games?
17 Apr 2018 04:12 - +6
You can’t run from responsibilities.
17 Apr 2018 05:56 - +6
The race was in Boston. He is from Japan and presumably works in Japan. Problem: It's already "tomorrow" in Japan. Someone is going to need to start a Kickstarter for this guy. ;)
17 Apr 2018 05:24 - +4
It’s nasty today in Boston! Frozen rain in the morning, temperatures was barely above freezing. Anybody who went out and ran today deserved a prize regardless.
17 Apr 2018 05:10 - +4
Running is HUGE in Japan, surprised how many people didn't know this. https://www.outsideonline.com/2284811/why-are-japanese-marathoners-so-good http://www.newsweek.com/2015/04/10/inside-most-running-obsessed-nation-earth-318385.html https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/the-running-blog/gallery/2016/apr/07/japan-land-of-a-thousand-runners-in-pictures
17 Apr 2018 04:32 - +3
Shitty weather today too
17 Apr 2018 04:31 - +3
He's a runner for fun.

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