Kawauchi defies the standard custom of elite runners of entering just two or three marathons a year. Many of Japan’s top marathoners compete for corporate teams that dictate very different schedules. The victory on Monday was his fourth marathon, and fourth victory, of 2018.
“The cold, the wet and the rain — that’s the three worst things you can have, and you have that in one race,” Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time United States Olympian, said on Sunday night. “A lot of guys have been talking about it, trying to be the tough guy and say, ‘Oh, I’m not worried about it, I will just have to deal with it.’ But you know, we will find out how many people are still intact after 30K.”
Data suggests that marathoners run their fastest races when the temperature is in the 40s — but the study excludes wind.
There were fewer fans than usual cheering racers on the course. The fans who opted to brave the weather taped…