Alana Hadley, an 18-year-old freshman at UNC Charlotte, entered the New York City marathon Sunday morning with big dreams.
Instead, Hadley had to drop out of the marathon a little more than halfway through the race due to an ankle injury sustained within the race’s first 15 minutes.
Hadley told The Observer via a text message Sunday afternoon: “Around the 2nd mile I felt my ankle like pop.... I was able to keep pace and stride until 10k. Then the pain got progressively worse.”
Hadley said she started to limp while running, so she stopped once at a medical tent at the 10-mile mark to try and get the ankle wrapped and stabilized. Then after continuing for a few more miles, she had to stop again “due to pain and limping to see if they could help, and they had me stop and called a van to come get me.”
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Hadley wrote on Twitter later: “Devastated that I was forced to withdraw from the [race] at mile 15 due to an ankle injury.”
Although Hadley entered the marathon as the fastest American in the field – based on previous marathon results – she failed to finish a marathon for the third straight time in 2015. She also dropped out of a marathon in Florida in February because of an injury sustained during the race and left another in Minnesota in June because of illness and dehydration.