Is there any race Japanese running hero Yuki Kawauchi won’t run? The working man’s marathoner, donning a full suit, ran 1 hour, 6 minutes and 42 seconds at the Kuki Half Marathon on Sunday, according to Brett Larner’s blog, Japan Running News.
Kawauchi’s mark at Kuki is much faster than that of American Gihan Amarasiriwardena’s 1:24:41 Guinness World Record for a half marathon in a suit, but Kuki isn’t a certified course, Kawauchi told Lerner after the race, so it won’t count in the record books.
A prolific racer, Kawauchi, who is 29 years old, works full-time for the government while training and racing at a high level. He’s run 2:08:14 for the marathon and has represented Japan in international competition on multiple occasions. Prior to his suited stunt at Kuki, he ran 2:11:53 for 7th place at the Lake Biwa Marathon.
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