Kawauchi said through an interpreter after the windy, rainy race that it was the best conditions possible.
"I'm feeling pretty good. I'd like to even the score and bat.500 Monday". Kawauchi, a 31-year-old nicknamed the "Citizen Runner", works full-time in the government and has run more than 70 sub-2:20 marathons (including in single-digit temperatures on New Year's Day).
About a dozen local runners will take to the streets of suburban Boston today for the 122nd Boston Marathon.
Each year over 500,000 spectators watch the marathon from the sidelines as over 30,000 official entrants wind their way through eight cities and towns. The cutoff from Wave 1 to Wave 2 is 3 hours, 9 minutes, 36 seconds.
Last year's victor Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya was placed second.in 2:18: 21 as Kenyan-born turned American Shadrack Biwott was placed third in 2:18:32.
Miranda experienced that kind of sendoff when she went to the state cross country and track and field meets.
There was a light rain falling at the start line in Hopkinton.
Kirui removed his gloves after 85 minutes then pulled away from the lead pack over a 400-meter span only to falter just ahead of the finish.
It followed Saturday's Bulldog Invitational where Miranda won the girls 3,200-meter run. She was also second to Rose Chelimo in the World Track and Field Championships marathon and fourth in NY.
She also won this year's women's wheelchair race at the Chicago Marathon. Both agree that Boston is always a special race on their calendar. "We'll deal with any weather", Lund added. Keflezighi, who's retired from competition, ran for the Martin Richard Foundation, in honor of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombings.
"I don't think there's anything anyone wants to see more than that", he said.
"For CIM, the training was really consistent". And, for the rest of us, there was some emotional release in watching her chew up the miles on Route 135 and Route 16 that morning.
"This is the tricky part", she says, a little out of breath.
"I got some really bad blisters at around the 11 mile mark and was in so much pain". I grew up in Worcester.
KE: Me too, I think that's how we all felt. Stay calm and in control for the half marathon. But then it started to get ridiculous, because then I would have to start to make excuses. They are competing for almost $50,000 in prize money distributed among the top 10 finishers.
"It's the only marathon where everybody knows I'm running".
A native of Boston, Ward considers qualifying for the Boston Marathon an accomplishment in-and-of-itself.