Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, Eiichiro Kamikawa came to the United States in 2014 and began running marathons the same year. Since then, he has already taken 20 minutes off his PR, consistently logging sub-3:00 marathons as a member of the Fleet Feet Sports Racing Team. Already this year, Kamikawa has had two top ten race finishes, taking second in the Polar Dash on Jan. 9 and 10th in the F^3 Lake Half Marathon on Jan. 23.
Kamikawa will run the Boston Marathon on April 18, where he hopes to break 2:40.
Jessica Bird Wallen
Jessica Bird Wallen began running as a graduate student at Indiana University and, after finding that she felt she could keep going after a half marathon, decided to give the full 26.2 a try. She ran the distance for the first time at the 2007 Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon and has continued to run the race every year since.
Last fall, she ran a 3:03:14 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and followed that performance with a win at the Madison Marathon four weeks later, where she broke the tape in 3:08:25. She considers her 3:04 at Boston in 2014 to be one of her proudest accomplishments, and aims to run a marathon in all 50 states.