Only hours before the Boston Marathon, Nike Oregon Project runner Jordan Hasay tweeted that she would no longer be participating in the race.
“It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from tomorrow’s Boston Marathon. Despite my team working around the clock to give me every chance to make the starting line, on this occasion it will not be possible,” wrote the 26-year-old. “I wish my fellow competitors and everyone taking part the very best of luck and I look forward to toeing the line with them next year and for many years after that.”
John Hancock and the Boston Marathon announced her withdrawal by saying “Unfortunately, Jordan Hasay has a stress reaction in the heel and will not be able to run.” The elite athlete had been recovering from plantar fasciitis, and although running without pain the last few weeks, her and her team scheduled an MRI today to make sure she’d be ready to go on Monday.
“The results showed a stress reaction in the heel and her doctor and team have made the decision that Jordan needs to take time to recover fully so there is no long term injury. We support that decision and have invited Jordan to return to Boston next year,” stated John Hancock and the Boston Marathon.
Hasay is the fifth elite and third American to drop out of the race in the days leading up to the marathon. Last week, American Dathan Ritzenhein joined American Sarah Hall, Portuguese runner Jessica Augusto and Kenyan-Bahraini runner Eunice Kirwa in withdrawing from Boston. With all eyes on the women’s field for an American win this year, Hasay’s departure is even more disheartening but we’re still keeping our hopes high for Team USA.