By Jack Tarrant KUKI, Japan (Reuters) - In Japan, where more people run marathons than anywhere else, it takes a special character to stand out from the crowd. In the small town of Kuki, north of Tokyo, one man, Yuki Kawauchi, has done just that, capturing the hearts of marathon fans across the country and abroad. Unlike other elite marathon runners, Kawauchi, who came to the world's attention with his Boston Marathon victory last year, is not fully professional and holds down a job as a school administrator. All this is about to change in April when the 31-year-old, known in Japan as the ‘Citizen Runner’, will finally look to focus on running full time. However, what is not about to change is Kawauchi's unique take on running preparation. Kawauchi currently runs at least 20 kilometres every day before or after work, usually through the streets of Kuki or round and round the running track in the city’s park. Kawauchi never stops running – he says he runs around … [Read more...] about ‘Citizen Runner’ Kawauchi ready for next marathon step
Boston marathon 100th anniversary
LOS ANGELES — The Red Sox have won four World Series in 15 years. You know what that means: Well, right, it means that New England sports fans are extremely blessed — as you may be aware, this is the 11th championship among the Big 4 since 2001 — and we should cherish this time and place, because a realized dream such as this was not fathomable if you’re of a certain age and grew up rooting for those perennial Fenway heartbreakers. Yes. You are definitely blessed, Sox fans. But you know what else it means. Four World Series winners in 15 years? Why, we must rank them! Even as we navigate the happy hangover of the Red Sox’ clinching 5-1 victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 Sunday night, even as the savoring and celebrating rolls on right into Wednesday’s parade, it is futile to resist comparisons to their predecessors as champions. It’s fun to sort through the rosters, search for context, and remember all of them — the 2004, 2007, and 2013 … [Read more...] about Where does this Red Sox championship rank among the four this century?