Found on RunnersWorld.com and written by Scott Martin
2014 Boston Marathon Will Be Last for Dick and Rick Hoyt
Duo will compete in race for 32nd consecutive year on April 21.
The 2014 Boston Marathon will be the last for the team of Dick and Rick Hoyt.
“It’s going to be unbelievable, this is going to be our 32nd Boston Marathon,” Dick Hoyt said. “Last year, we did not go across the finish line, we were stopped at the 25-mile marker. But we will be out there, we will get across it this year, it’s going to be very emotional.”
Dick Hoyt, 73, has pushed his son Rick, 51, who has cerebral palsy and is in a custom-made wheelchair, through more than 1,000 races. The pair were a mile short of the finish line when bombs went off at last year’s Boston Marathon.
The Hoyts were originally planning for last year’s Boston Marathon to be their last together. After the bombings, Dick said he knew he had to run again.
Dick told CBS Boston that he still plans to do about 20 smaller races a year with Rick, and that Rick will likely still participate in the Boston Marathon, but with someone else from Team Hoyt pushing him.
A statue of the Hoyts, in front of Center School in Hopkinton near the start line of the Boston Marathon, was unveiled in 2013.