Mr. Yuki Kawauchi and fiancé Yuko Mizuguchi had quite the experience in Vancouver, BC, Canada, early in May. The engaged elites made their Canadian Marathon debuts at Canada’s top destination race, the BMO Vancouver Marathon, and the both captured wins, Yuki in a new course record!
Here’s a look back at some of their experiences. It started by seeing Kits beach and a stunning Vancouver sunset.
When they arrived, the two went for a run at Kits beach with returning champ and local Robin Watson. Kawauchi ran the first half of the course the next day, and then the second half of the course the day after.
Saeki Makino of Japan finished the BMO Vancouver Marathon fourth four years ago, and it was that positive experience Saeki shared with Kawauchi that led the two to meet in Canada this year. Kawauchi would go on to win and Makino took fourth once again, just 15 seconds off a podium spot this time.
Yuki Kawauchi, returning champ Robin Watson, course record holder Kim Doerksen, and elite Margarita Quintero from Mexico, amoung others, provided a special Elite Athlete Panel to the general public on Saturday at the Expo. They then had their own course tour from RUNVAN® officials, the non-profit event organizers.
Ethiopia’s Feyera Gemeda Dadi actually led the strong international field through 35KM and Kawauchi credits his new course record in part to the strong push from Dadi and Kenya’s Luka Chelimo, the former course record holder who finished third.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Jose Guadalupe De Jesus Puga from Mexico actually ran the grind in 30 minutes, the day after the Marathon! Jose says with a month of training and knowing the route better, he may be able to get that time down to 25 minutes. With four months of training, Jose suggests he could challenge the course record of 23 minutes. We don’t doubt him. The elite from Mexico finished eleventh on the Marathon this year.
Kawauchi said he’d do the grind in a relaxed pace, but the competitor in him completed it in just 32 minutes, the day after crushing the Marathon course record! Yuko decided to catch the gondola ride up to the top.
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Yuki and Yuko provided a video recap interview which we’ll share shortly.