Ed Moran, who last year finished ninth in the ING New York City Marathon in his debut at the distance, has been forced to withdraw from the race on November 4 with a foot injury.
"I didn't come to this decision easily, as I hoped the ING New York City Marathon would be a redeeming moment in a disappointing year," said Moran, 31. "At the end of the day, given NYRR's support and commitment to my career, I'm not comfortable with lining up and racing in my current condition."
The same injury, posterior tibial tendonitis in his left foot, also led to the athlete’s withdrawal from the recent IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
Last year’s race, which he finished in 2:11:47, was a homecoming for Moran, who was born on Staten Island and raised in New Jersey. Now living in Arlington, VA, Moran is the 2007 Pan American Games gold medalist at 5000 meters and the 2010 USA 10K road champion. He finished fourth in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials at 10,000 meters.
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