In the small town of Kuki, north of Tokyo, elite runner Yuki Kawauchi is on one of his daily training runs. He's not your typical marathoner even in Japan where people run more marathons than anywhere else. The 31-year old has captivated the running world thanks to his surprise win at the 2018 Boston Marathon in bitter cold.
It was only one of 11 marathons he ran last year. Kenya's Olympic champ Eliud Kipchoge run just one. And while most marathoners are full time, Kawauchi has no sponsor. He runs 20 kilometers every day before or after his day job at a school. Japan calls him the citizen runner, but now he is looking to go pro.
> I haven't decided yet. I want to take time to think. I have much more potential for the Olympics than before since my time is getting faster but I still don't know how much I can level up. At this moment I'm not trained enough to compete at the games.
How much could I change myself? One thing that may not change, his unique approach to this sport. No matter where he is in the world, he downs three plates of Japanese curly before every race. Kawauchi says, he runs simply because he likes it. As a professional he could turn his attention to the most prestigious run of them all.
>> He isn't slowing down and has less than two years to go before the 2020 Summer Games in Japan.