Boston Marathon

Adrianne Haslet says her injuries from getting hit by a car will keep her from running the 2019 Boston Marathon

"It’s so impossibly hard to have that taken away from me."

Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet, who was hit by a car in the Back Bay last month, announced Friday morning that she will not be running the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Haslet told Norah O’Donnell on “CBS This Morning” the injury to her arm will keep her from running.

“It’s so hard, but I’m physically — and mentally — but physically unable to do that,” she said of participating in the 2019 race from Hopkinton to Boston. “I have such little mobility in my arm, and it’s 65 days away today. And I talked with my coach and I talked with my surgeon and I’m not running and I’m not going to be able to train for that kind of distance. It’s so impossibly hard to have that taken away from me.”


Haslet was crossing Comm. Ave. on Jan. 5, just blocks away from where she was injured in the 2013 bombings, when she was struck on her left side by a car as she was in a crosswalk. Boston police have said the driver remained on the scene and was cited for failing to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Haslet was seriously injured and said she required “multiple surgeries” for her left shoulder. She spent weeks in the hospital before heading to in-patient rehab. She has been documenting her road to recovery on social media.

A ballroom dancer, Haslet has continued to perform since she lost her left leg in the 2013 attack, appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” and crossing the finish line of the 2016 Boston Marathon as a runner. She ran the race again in 2018, but the frigid temperatures and rain forced her to stop.


For the 2019 Boston Marathon, Haslet told O’Donnell on Friday that she had been training not just to run, but place in the mobility impaired division during a year of the race where the day of the marathon will fall on the exact anniversary of the attack, April 15.

“It’s falling on the day for the first time of the six-year anniversary,” she said. “And to take back that day and to be running as a thank you to everyone who’s supported me in the running community and Boston and beyond, I just wanted to say thank you.”

Despite the setback and disappointment, Haslet said she remains “more than her broken pieces.”


“I have now no left foot and I have this gash scar on my arm, which I don’t know what mobility I’ll gain back with [physical therapy] eventually, but I’m more than that,” she said. “I’m so much more than that. I had to completely redefine myself after losing my leg, and I know I can do that again after being hit by a car.”

She also provided some advice for anyone else dealing with pain — protect your mental health.

“I think you have to be fiercely protective of who you surround yourself with and who you invite into your life, and let yourself heal, give yourself the time, and then you can do anything,” Haslet said.


Following her appearance on the show, Haslet said she’s looking forward to her next running journey. 

“I was so emotional sharing that I will not be running this year’s Boston Marathon that I failed to announce I will be running (or walking? Crawling?) the B.A.A. 5K on April 13th,” she wrote. “This race is held on the Saturday before the marathon, and crosses the famed finish line. I cannot wait to be cleared by doctors to begin my training, with all of your words of encouragement guiding me through. Your support has me overwhelmed with emotion and I cannot thank you enough.”