Goucher Withdraws From New York With Broken Toe

The first and only time Kara Goucher ran New York was in 2008, and she finished third. Photo: www.photorun.net

The 35-year-old suffered a broken toe during a training run over the summer.

Kara Goucher has withdrawn from the ING New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners announced Thursday.

Goucher, who actually broke the news herself on her blog earlier this week, suffered a fracture of her second metatarsal on her right foot this summer during a training run with Shalane Flanagan. After a period of rest that included cross-training “850 minutes a week,” Goucher returned to the road to test out her foot.

The news wasn’t good, and she knew it.

“Eight weeks later, it was time to start running outdoors,” Goucher wrote. “The marathon was now 10 weeks away, and I needed to get after it! The transition did not go well. My foot ached and my cadence was slow. I recently went back to the doctor and found out that my foot, is healing, but is not healed.

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“I needed to pull the plug on the marathon, get healthy, and stay away from outdoor running for a little bit longer.”

Goucher has run New York just once, in 2008, her debut marathon. She finished third that year with a time of 2:25:53.

“Letting go of my dream of running New York this year has been very difficult for me, but it was a decision I had to make,” Goucher added.

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As for the race, slated for Nov. 3, 2011 champion Geoffrey Mutai will take on Stephen Kiprotich, who won the marathon at the London Olympics and also this year’s world championships. Mutai won New York two years ago but is still considered the reigning champion because last year’s race was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

The American professional field, which was announced in July, includes Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi, Jason Hartmann, Amy Hastings, Adriana Nelson, and a host of others.

“I am focused on New York, I feel I am already well prepared for the Marathon on November 3,” Mutai said in a press release. “I am confident and looking forward to challenging myself with my own course record set in 2011. I look forward to coming back to the city where I am welcomed by many people who make me feel at home.”

On the women’s side, 2011 winner Firehiwot Dado will face two-time world champion and 2010 New York victor Edna Kiplagat and 2012 Olympic Marathon silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo.

In total, 23 Olympians representing 23 countries make up the professional fields in New York.

“I had, of course, a wonderful experience to win the gold medal at Moscow last month, and now I am excited to finally be returning to NYC for the marathon,” Kiplagat said. “The New York spectators and the energy in the races I’ve done in New York have always been very exciting for me. After being second in the World Marathon Majors standings for two consecutive years, I will, of course, do my best to secure the title this year.”

Other international athletes scheduled to compete in the men’s race include 2012 Paris Marathon winner Stanley Biwott, 2012 Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir, and 2012 NYC Half winner Peter Kirui.

The women’s international field includes two-time New York champion (2005, 2006) Jelena Prokopcuka, 2011 New York runner-up Buzunesh Deba, and 2013 Osaka Marathon champion Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko.

The race will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes+ starting at 9 a.m. on race day, and will also be available for viewing online on WatchESPN. New Yorkers can watch the race on the local ABC affiliate.

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