By Chris Lotsbom, @ChrisLotsbom
The 2008 USA Olympic Trials Marathon champion Ryan Hall of Redding, Calif., has withdrawn from the ING New York City Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, November 3. Hall, who turned 31 on October 14, had been struggling with a painful hip injury and finally decided that he had to cancel his participation in the race.
"In my zealous efforts to have redemption in this year's ING New York City Marathon, I overstepped the first and most important rule---making it to the line healthy," said Hall through a statement provided by the New York Road Runners. "A long string of very aggressive training has aggravated my hip and it has not been able to fully calm down, such that I don't think racing on it is wise. I am very disappointed that I won't be lining up on November 3rd as I had so looked forward to, but I am refocusing now on getting back to 100% and going after some big goals in 2014."
Hall continued: "Redemption will have to wait, but it will be all the more sweet."
Hall's last completed marathon was the 2012 Olympic Trails in Houston where he finished second. He competed in the London Olympic Marathon, but failed to finish due to a leg injury.
With Hall sidelined, the other top Americans in New York's men's field includes 2004 Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi, two-time fourth-place Boston Marathon finisher Jason Hartmann, last year's eighth-ranked U.S. marathoner Ryan Vail, and 2013 World Championships team member Jeff Eggleston.