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U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall Withdraws from 2012 ING New York City Marathon
Injuries Force Him Out of November 4 Race
New York, September 10, 2012- 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.
About the ING New York City Marathon
NYRR's premier event, the ING New York City Marathon is the most loved and
most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting elite athletes and
recreational runners alike for the challenge and thrill of a lifetime. The
race has grown tremendously since it began in 1970 with just 127 runners
racing four laps of Central Park. Now, more than 47,000 participants from
all over the globe flock to New York City every November for an
adrenaline-filled road tour of all five boroughs, starting on Staten Island
at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and ending in Central Park.
Some run for prize money or bragging rights, others for charity or their
personal best. All are cheered on by more than two million live spectators
and a TV audience of 330 million.