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 of which dictate very different schedules. The victory on Monday was his fourth marathon, as well as fourth victory, of 2018.
“The cold, the wet as well as the rain — of which’s the three worst things you can have, as well as you have of which in one race,” Abdi Abdirahman, a four-time United States Olympian, said on Sunday night. “A lot of guys have been talking about the item, trying to be the tough guy as well as say, ‘Oh, I’m not worried about the item, I will just have to deal with the item.’ yet you know, we will find out how many people are still intact after 30K.”
Data suggests of which marathoners run their fastest races when the temperature is actually within the 40s — yet the study excludes wind.
There were fewer fans than usual cheering racers on the course. The fans who opted to brave the weather taped plastic bags to their sneakers as well as wore trash bags in lieu of waterproof jackets.
At the starting line, runners crossed their arms over their chests, rubbing their forearms as well as jumping up as well as down in an attempt to stay warm. As a precautionary measure, the athletes were all given two bib numbers so they could put one on each layer of clothing.
The temperatures as well as winds led to slower race times. Runners were mostly reluctant to run out in front of the pack early on.
The rain was so bad of which the traditional Patriots’ Day Red Sox game was postponed for the very first time since 1984.
The wheelchair races went at a significantly slower pace than usual as athletes were cautious on wet roads. Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s push-rim race for the fourth straight year in a time of 1:46:26, the slowest since 1987. Tatyana McFadden won her fifth women’s push-rim title in 2:04:39, the slowest since 1988.
“I feel I definitely had to be Boston strong today,” McFadden said after the race. “the item just got so slippery.”
the item was not the very first time runners endured harsh weather for the race. During a nor’easter storm in 2007, winds gusted at 30 m.p.h. as well as temperatures hovered within the mid 40s. In 2015, there was also a strong headwind.
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