A series of stubborn injuries has forced two-time U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall to withdraw from the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.
Hall, 29, started the Olympic Marathon in London, but pain in his right hamstring led him to step off the course after about 11 miles. He had finished second in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in January even while battling plantar fasciitis.
“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,” Hall said. “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.”
The men’s field in the ING New York City Marathon on November 4 includes Hall’s Olympic Marathon teammates Abdi Abdirahman and Meb Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic Marathon silver medalist who finished fourth in London. Other top American men include Jason Hartmann, Brett Gotcher, Nick Arciniaga, Scott Bauhs, Andrew Carlson, and Ryan Vail, with the field of top American women featuring 2012 Olympians Amy Hastings, Janet Bawcom, and Julie Culley.
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