Hoyts run final Boston Marathon as a team
HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP) — This year’s Boston Marathon is the final farewell for two of the most recognizable faces in the race — father and son team Dick and Rick Hoyt.
Rick has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, and dad Dick has pushed his son across the finish line 30 times before.
At the finish line Monday, Dick Hoyt said they “definitely” had to do it this year in honor of the 2013 bombing victims. He said the spectator support was “unbelievable.”
The Hoyts didn’t get to finish last year because of the explosions at the finish line.
They’re so beloved that there’s a statue in their honor in Hopkinton near the starting line.
Dick is 74 and this will be their last time doing the marathon together. Rick wants to keep going though, with someone else pushing him.