2011 women's champion Kikkan Randall said on Tuesday that she will not be competing in the 87th annual Mount Marathon race on the fourth of July.
Randall, who happens to be a four-time Olympic cross country skier, and two-time reigning champion on the World Cup circuit in the sprint discipline, says she is coming off a foot injury and doesn't want to jeopardize her career by scaling and racing down the 3,000 foot mountain
"It's finally in a good place, and I don't want to risk it with another important winter coming up for me," said Randall. "I'm going to leave the racing to my teammates and enjoy watching the race."
One of Randall's teammates, Holly Brooks, is returning to the race after sitting out the 2013 event to focus on her own Olympic training. She will be looking to regain the title after winning it in 2012. Christy Marvin won it last year.
"it's a stacked women's field with some rookies and some really good competition," said Brooks. "Christy Marvin from last year has won all the mountain races so far this year, so it's going to be a really fun challenging day."
The day's action on Mount Marathon begins with the junior's race at 9:30am. The women follow at 11:15am, while the men proceed at 3:00pm