Despite two top-5 finishes, John Hancock doesn’t extend an offer for this year’s race.
Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon champion who followed that up with a fifth-place, 2:09:26 finish at the Boston Marathon last year, will not be on the starting line in Hopkinton on April 18 for the 115th running of the Patriots Day Classic.
The reason: not injury, not lack of fitness or interest on Keflezighi’s part. He simply wasn’t invited to the party, according to a post this morning on marathonmeb.com.
“Unfortunately, though John Hancock’s representative indicated there was a lot of interest in having me as part of the field and keeping the conversation alive until late January, no offer was made,” Keflezighi wrote. “It’s not that I’m not getting what I want, it’s that John Hancock did not make me an offer at all. As much as I respect the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon, I would have accepted any reasonable offer. I’m really disappointed not to get an offer because I really thought that I could do something special on April 18 for the race, for US distance running, and, yes, for myself and my family.”
With no spring marathon in the cards, Keflezighi will turn his full attention to the New York City Half Marathon on March 20, where he will compete against the likes of top Americans Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman and Patrick Smyth.
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