John Hancock, the official sponsor of the Boston Marathon, has announced that pro Jordan Hasay has dropped out due to injury.
Jordan Hasay has announced that she will not be racing the Boston Marathon tomorrow morning. Official Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock announced at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 15 that Hasay suffered “a stress reaction in the heel and will not be able to run.”
Unfortunately @JordanHasay has a stress reaction in the heel and will not be able to run. "Despite my team working to give me every chance to make it to the starting line, I won't be able to join you. I'll be cheering everyone on and hope you enjoy this historic race." pic.twitter.com/zwhXERrQBX
— Boston Marathon JH (@jhboston26) April 15, 2018
John Hancock representatives went on to say that after enduring plantar fasciitis earlier this year, Hasay has been running without incident over the last several weeks, but an MRI performed today revealed that Hasay is not in top racing condition. “It is with deep regret that I have to withdraw from tomorrow’s Boston Marathon,” Hasay said in an official statement. “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. 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.”
Hasay’s withdrawal comes as a surprise to many. The 26-year-old Nike Oregon Project athlete debuted at the marathon distance during last year’s Boston Marathon, turning in the fastest American woman debut time in the process and placing third overall. Six months later, she placed third in the 2017 Chicago Marathon, improving her PR by just over two minutes. Hasay was expected to be one of the fiercest competitors in tomorrow’s elite women’s field, and declared as recently as April 13 that she planned to “go for the win.”
After the announcement was made, Hasay addressed the news on Twitter with a message to her fans.
Thanks everyone for your support. Determined to be back stronger than ever! pic.twitter.com/FHcAalV5Oy
— Jordan Hasay (@JordanHasay) April 15, 2018
Without Hasay in the race, attention on the American team will likely whittle down to 2017 New York City Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan, 2011 second-place Boston Marathon finisher Desiree Linden and half-marathon record holder Molly Huddle. Stay tuned as Women’s Running reports on the Boston Marathon throughout race day, and follow us on Twitter for immediate updates during tomorrow’s race.