Seattle, Wash - June 25, 2009 - Five-time world champion Paul Tergat was forced to pull out of this weekend's Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon. Kenya's former marathon world record holder suffered a recurrence of the injury which forced him to pull out of last month's 25km race in Berlin.
"Paul was out jogging the morning before his flight and felt some pain in his lower back. With the length of the flight from Nairobi to Seattle, and the race itself, he decided it was best to pull out," said Matthew Turnbull, the Elite Athlete Coordinator for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series. "It's a blow to lose any athlete so close to a race. Everyone associated with Rock 'n' Roll Seattle was looking forward to welcoming Paul to the inaugural event in what is going to be an exciting and long standing relationship here in the Pacific Northwest."