According to a press release, "Hall missed crucial training due to a quadriceps strain." Hall's 2:04.58 in 2011 was the fastest Boston Marathon run by an American.
Hall expressed his disappointment via Twitter:
Heart breaking to have to pull out of Boston. Want to thank all my sponsors and supporters for sticking by me through it all.— Ryan Hall (@ryanhall3) March 13, 2013
Hall has been hampered by injuries in the last year. He dropped out of the Olympic marathon in London because of a hamstring strain and did not compete in the New York City Marathon in November because of a quad strain. He did not run in the Boston Marathon last year because he was training for the Olympics.
Other previously announced elite male runners who have also cancelled because of injury include Moses Mosop, Shami Dawit, Eric Gillis, and Lucas Rotich. Two elite women also dropped out due to "lack of fitness" – Asefelech Mergia Medessa and Karolina Jarzynska.
Three runners were added to the elite field: Tirfi Tsegaye Beyene, Lelisa Desisa Benti, and Laban Korir.
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 15-time Boston qualifier who's completed 11 consecutive Boston Marathons and 23 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 12th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes