If you thought the two winners of the BMO Vancouver Marathon made a cute couple, you’d be on the right track. It turns out that Yuki Kawauchi, who set a new course record of 2:15:01 in Vancouver on Sunday and Yuko Mizuguchi, who won the women’s marathon in 2:41:28, are engaged.
The Japan Times referred to Mizuguchi as Kawauchi’s fiancée and his “soon-to-be wife” in a report on Monday.
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Kawauchi is 32. He finished 17th at this year’s Boston Marathon, with a time of 2:15:29. In his first visit to the BMO Vancouver Marathon he defeated Feyera Gemeda Dadi of Ethiopia (2:17:18), previous course record-holder and new Canadian Luka Chelimo (2:19:25), and defending champion Rob Watson, who finished sixth (2:25:10).
Mizuguchi has already raced a marathon and two half-marathons this year, all of them in Japan. Her marathon personal best is 2:31:39, from 2014. Mizuguchi turns 34 on May 24.
Running is really a family affair for Kawauchi. His mother also raced Boston this year, finishing in 3:41:52, a generous Boston qualifier. Mika Kawauchi is 54. Kawauchi’s two brothers, Koki and Yoshiki, also raced the Gold Coast Marathon in Australia with him last year, along with their mom.