January 12, 2017
Ryan Hall can sleep a little bit easier tonight.
Organizers of the Aramco Houston Half Marathon announced today that Galen Rupp has pulled out of this Sunday’s race due to plantar fasciitis.
“Unfortunately I will be unable to race on Sunday due to plantar fasciitis in my foot. It is improving, but not enough to run a half marathon on. I hope to get the chance to run the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in the future,” said Rupp.
Rupp was expected to challenge Ryan Hall’s American record of 59:43 and battle two men who beat him Rio, Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia, and Olympic 10,000m 4th place finisher Yigrem Demelash also of Ethiopia. Hall’s American record in the half marathon will last a bit longer now unless USA 10,000m Olympian Leonard Korir has some magic on the streets of Houston.
Rupp turns his focus to getting healthy for the Boston Marathon in April.