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Shalane Flanagan Withdraws From 2017 Boston Marathon

Shalane takes the lead at last year's Boston Marathon.

Shalane takes the lead at last year’s Boston Marathon.

Shalane Flanagan has announced she will not be running this year’s Boston Marathon—her beloved hometown race—due to a recent injury. She took to Facebook to share the news and disappointment.  Flanagan has run the Boston Marathon three times and has made it widely known that a goal of hers is to win the iconic marathon.

Her post read:

shalane flanagan

This injury comes after some huge performances in 2016, including finishing third at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials—in a dramatic race to the finish—and sixth at the Olympics in Rio.

We join the running community in wishing Shalane a fast—and healthy—recovery and hope we get to see her toe the start line in Boston next year!

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta

Ashley Lauretta is the freelance web editor for Women's Running. A freelance journalist, she is the assistant editor at LAVA Magazine and has written for espnW, ELLE, Men's Journal, VICE Sports, Health and more. Find her online at ashleylauretta.com and on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.