Pursuit of victory in The Big Apple will have to wait.
Deena Kastor, the American record-holder in the marathon who was aiming for victory at November’s ING New York City Marathon, announced on Thursday she is three months pregnant and has withdrawn from the race.
“I was looking forward to returning to New York this fall to attempt to fulfill my longtime dream of winning there,” Kastor said in a statement. “Since my marathon debut in 2001, winning the ING New York City Marathon has been on my list of running goals.”
The 37-year-old said she “doesn’t look pregnant yet” and has continued light workouts with her Mammoth Track Club teammates. Although she’ll no longer be running the race, Kastor expects to be in New York during marathon weekend.
“We always postponed starting a family, but to hear this news was really exciting and we never imagined it would be so rewarding even long before the baby is born,” Kastor said. “I am especially grateful to have felt fantastic except for feeling a bit sluggish in workouts and tired during the day.”
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