BOSTON (CBS) – Marblehead native Shalane Flanagan has been forced to withdraw from the 2017 Boston Marathon due to a back injury.
In a Facebook post, Flanagan said she fractured a bone in her lower back while training in the snowy weather in Portland, Oregon.READ MORE: Popular New Hampshire Ice Castles Expanding For Ninth Season
“I’m heartbroken that I will not get the opportunity to test myself against the greatest runners on the planet,” Flanagan wrote.READ MORE: Mother Of Missing Boy Elijah Lewis, Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty To Charges In Case In New Hampshire Court
Flanagan added that she has “shed a lot of tears this past week” in reaching the decision.
A 4-time Olympian, Flanagan has run the Boston Marathon three times. She recorded the fastest time ever for an American women in the race in 2014.MORE NEWS: Wellesley High School Parents Want Tougher Punishment For Students Involved In Brutal Attack On Teen
“One thing I know is that marathoners are used to suffering and overcoming challenges. We come back to try again … and again,” Flanagan said.