Hall was scheduled to race in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4, 2012.
On Aug. 12, the 29-year-old marathon runner also dropped out of the 2012 Olympic marathon near the 10-mile mark. In London, Hall was dealing with a plantar fasciitis injury that led to a hamstring injury, he said. This time around, Hall has decided to drop out of the New York marathon due to a quadriceps strain, Runner's World is reporting. The magazine also reports that Hall has not run in nearly three weeks.
That lack of training, combined with the future of his career, convinced Hall that sitting out the ING New York City Marathon was his best option, he said in a statement.
"I was hoping that after some time off and treatment after the Games, the string of nagging injuries I've been dealing with this year would be behind me. After trying to run through, I came to the realization when keeping the big picture in mind, that I needed to take a longer break to let things heal and not rush the training," Hall said in the statement released by the New York Road Runners. "As much as I would love to still race after taking the break, my integrity will not let me show up to the line if I'm not fit."
Hall was among a group of several elite-level American marathon runners who entered the race earlier this year. Of those athletes, Hall's 2012 Olympic teammates Meb Keflezighi and Abdi Abdirahman are still expected to compete in the race.
Hall, who ran a 2:04.58 at the 2011 Boston Marathon, is the American record holder in the half marathon and 20-kilometer distances, according to USA Track and Field. During the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, Hall was expected to contend for money from the American-only prize purse. The 2012 year will mark the first time that the American-only prize money will be offered.
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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