With regret Alan Brookes, director of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon today announced the withdrawal of Dylan Wykes from this year’s race.
Wykes informed the event this week that he is unable to compete due to a suspected stress fracture in his ankle.
“I don’t actually know the specifics of the injury yet,” Wykes said. “I had originally thought it was a stress fracture. We are getting some imaging done just to clarify things. I am in a boot and on crutches at the moment. It certainly means that Toronto is out of the question at this point.
“I was dealing with a bit of a hamstring strain for a little while and ended up taking a little bit of time off for that. Then when I tried to start back up I had pain in my ankle which iswhere the ‘stress fracture’ is. It just came on over two or three days. I was dealing with the hamstring pain at the same time. I wasn’t able to put any weight on it.”
The runner who is the second fastest Canadian marathoner of all time (2:10:47) is scheduled to have a bone scan Friday in Vancouver.
“Clearly we’re disappointed to receive the news of Dylan’s stress fracture,” said Brookes, “for Dylan’s sake, as much as for the race. Anytime you have an athlete of Dylan’s calibre withdraw, it’s a disappointment.
“But we believe we still have our best-ever men’s race on offer, with Shami Abdulahi (Ethiopia) battling Peter Some (Kenya), and top Canadians Eric Gillis, Rob Watson and Kip Kangogo all gunning for fast times and new records. Also we are excited about Kelly Wiebe’s debut. He has been training with Dylan and Rob. But above all we wish Dylan all the best for a speedy recovery.”
Wykes whose wife, Francine, is expecting the couple’s first child in October, has spent the past week in an emotional roller coaster.
“Definitely I have been up and down I had been getting in really good shape and was looking forward to running in Toronto,” he said. “Just looking forward to reestablishing my identity – as much for myself – as a marathoner.
“At this point I get to focus my energies on Francine and the baby coming. So that is something that will distract me otherwise It would be pretty easy to get pretty down about where this puts me now.”