Things to Do |: Yuya Yoshida and Jessica Watychowicz take first place at 2022 Twin Cities Marathon

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  • A runner in orange shoes and bib. 49, wearing a blue striped tank and blue shorts.
    Mens winner Yuya Yoshida from Japan runs along Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Yoshida would finish with 2:11:28 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner smiles as she runs past the Cathedral of St. Paul in a blur.
    Jessica Watychowicz from Colorado Springs runs past the St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Watychowicz would place first in the women’s division with a time of 2:33:09. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner passes by the Cathedral of St. Paul.
    A runner passes the St. Paul Cathedral in n St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner smiles as she runs on Summit Avenue.
    Julia Weinstein from Chicago, Illinois, races down Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Weinstein would finish with 3:50:00 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner holds a small camera as he runs.
    Hudson Kingston from Ely takes pictures with a small camera as he runs past during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Kingston would finish with a 3:04:09 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • An American flag in the foreground, the St. Paul Capitol in the background, and a crowd of runners and sideline spectators.
    Runners race towards the finish line in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A marathon runner with sunglasses, shorts, tank and bib number 2125.
    Sarah Parks from Minneapolis runs along Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Parks would finish with 3:19:25 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner sticks out his tongue as he runs on Summit Avenue.
    Matt Sima from Ely Iowa along Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Sima would finish with a 3:18:59 time.(John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • Runners pass the Cathedral of St. Paul.
    Runners pass the St. Paul Cathedral in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner with white cap, white tank and black shorts, and bib no. 2107, runs ahead of others on the street.
    Justin Ziegler from Woodbury runs along Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Zeigler would finish with a 3:19:23 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)
  • A runner points to people cheering on the sidelines.
    Yu Wu from Pasadena, California, points to people cheering him along as he races along Summit Avenue in St. Paul during the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2022. Wu finished with a 3:19:14 time. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

A 25-year-old man from Japan was the first male runner across the finish line in the 2022 Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, which marked the 40th anniversary of the race.

Yuya Yoshida, from Higashi-Matsuyama, Saitama, finished the 2022 race in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 28 seconds. Yoshida is the event’s first Japanese winner.

Last year’s winner, Mohamed Hrezi, finished with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 22 seconds.

The first female runner across the finish line was Jessica Watychowicz, 31, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who ran the race in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 9 seconds. She was the 17th person out of 6,495 runners to cross the finish line.

More than 20,000 people participated in the events over the weekend, which included the 26.2-mile marathon, a 10-mile race, a 5K, a 10K, and other activities.

Yoshida was followed by Daniel Mesfun, 34, of Flagstaff, Ariz., who finished at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 35 seconds. In the men’s division, Wilfred Kimitel, 37, came in third at 2 hours, 13 minutes and 51 seconds.

In the women’s race, Watychowicz was followed by 34-year-old Bridget Belyeu, of Newnan, Ga., who came in second at 2 hours, 35 minutes and 18 seconds. Kim Conley, 36, also of Flagstaff, Ariz., was the third woman to finish at 2 hours, 35 minutes and 43 seconds.