Dan Kittaka - DWRunning

DWRunning Tenure:

Joined in March 2016


5k: 15:50, 10k: 33:32, 10M: 55:32, Half Marathon: 1:15:07, Marathon: 2:31:43, 50k: 3:21:43

Primary Focus:


Proudest Race:

This is a hard question, but I think Grandma's Marathon 2014 is towards the top of the list. After running my 2:31 PR in December 2010, I was plagued with injury. In fact, I didn't come within 9 minutes of my PR until finally putting things together in 2014, running 2:33:26. At the finish, I was filled with gratitude, disbelief, and joy. It seemed like low 2:30s were so far away for so long.

Fun fact: Coach Dan was at this race and cheered me to the finish!

Favorite Race:

The Boston Marathon. The people of Boston celebrate marathon runners unlike any other town I've observed. It seems to me that they see the sweat and struggle as a sacrifice in their honor and respond with shouts of encouragement and thanks. I certainly would have faltered more without them. It is this celebration of the culmination of the dreams of runners that I believe makes the atmosphere so intoxicating.

Wish-List Race:

Ever since 2010, I have been training to qualify (sub 2:30) and run the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon.

Favorite Workout:

22 miles; 2 mile warm-up, 18 miles at marathon pace + 10-15 sec/mi, 2 mile cool-down.


Tea or Coffee?:

Coffee in the morning is a treat, herbal tea at night (ginger is great for digestion)

Early Bird or Night Owl?:

Early bird!

Chocolate or Vanilla?:

I've grown into dark chocolate


*Dan is also currently a member of the Fleet Feet Racing Team
Bolded PRs are PRs run while training with DWRunning.