This morning, at 7:32 a.m. PST, Dathan Ritzenhein tweeted that he’d no longer be competing in the Boston Marathon due to an injury. “I am truly gutted by this now. Best of luck to all my fellow runners who have earned their spot and are racing this Monday,” said Ritzenhein.
The Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project (ODP) runner sustained an SI joint injury last week and has not been able to train. “I tried not to panic as I just focused solely on trying to get it under control,” Ritzenhein continued in a longer photo post. A three-time Olympian, Ritzenhein would have made his first marathon appearance on team Hansons-Brooks and his second at Boston. In 2015, the elite runner placed 7th at the marathon and 1st on the American team with a time of 2:11:20.
“It is incredibly difficult, especially this late in the preparation and where my level of fitness is,” shared Ritzenhein. “Words cannot express the heartbreak after putting so much mentally, emotionally and physically into this build up.”
Ritzenhein is the fourth elite to announce they would no longer be running the marathon. Last Thursday, American Sarah Hall, Portuguese runner Jessica Augusto and Kenyan-Bahraini runner Eunice Kirwa all had to drop out of the race due to injuries.