Injuries force the fastest American of all-time out of the November 4 race.
NEW YORK — The 2012 ING New York City Marathon men’s field will lose previously announced Ryan Hall due to a series of small but stubborn injuries, including plantar fasciitis and tightness in his legs, which have caused him to lose too much training time, it was announced today by New York Road Runners officials.
“I am very disappointed to not be able to run this year’s ING New York City Marathon,” said Hall, 29, of Redding, CA. “I was hoping that after some time off and treatment after the Games, the string of nagging injuries I’ve been dealing with this year would be behind me. After trying to run through, I came to the realization when keeping the big picture in mind, that I needed to take a longer break to let things heal and not rush the training. As much as I would love to still race after taking the break, my integrity will not let me show up to the line if I’m not fit.”
Hall started the Olympic Marathon in London last month, but was forced to stop due to injury. The men’s field features Hall’s U.S. Olympic Marathon teammates Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman. Other top Americans include Jason Hartmann, Brett Gotcher, Nick Arciniaga, Scott Bauhs, Andrew Carlson, and Ryan Vail.