"Hosaka began running at age 36 when he joined a friend' s ekiden team.
At age 42 he won his first race at a local event in his hometown. For
his first marathon he ran the popular Honolulu Marathon, where he ran a
superb 2:31:19. Finding a deep joy in running, Hosaka had by the end of
2008 completed 70 marathons. To get ready to attack the world record in
his first race as a 60 year-old Hosaka trained 30 km per day."