HOPKINTON, Mass. (AP/WPRI) — 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.
They’re so beloved that there’s even statue in their honor in Hopkinton near the starting line. They didn’t get to finish last year because of the explosions at the finish line.
Dick is 74 now and this will be their last time doing the marathon together.
“We have Team Hoyt going,” Dick said, “They’ve done marathons and their going to take over a portion for Rick. He’s only 52-years-old and I’m 74, so he’s got a lot of years to catch up to me.”
Rick wants to keep going though, with someone else pushing him in the future.