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Marathon-running Hoyts in for one last race

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Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father and son team respectively, have been running the Boston Marathon for 32 years and last year was supposed to be their last.

However, because of the bombings at the Copley Square finish line, the pair was never able to cross the finish line.

"I stopped a police officer asked him if anything happened. He said yes two bombs have exploded at the finish line. To me, the marathon was over," Dick Hoyt said.

There were dozens of family and friends at the finish line at the time. Everyone ended up being okay, but as soon as the Hoyts learned that, they made a vow to run in 2014 in honor of the victims of the bombings.

Despite Dick's back pain, the images of those lost and injured pushed him to keep going for one last marathon.

"It was unbelievable to see what was going on, and see what two people caused and it's still affecting people all over the world," said Dick. "Unbelievable the way they were injured and all that and what they have done with their lives. They haven't given up. They have gone on and the made themselves very strong."

Even though this will be their last marathon as a pair, the Hoyts will always be a part of the race. Rick has cerebral palsy and his father pushes him in a special chair, an image which has been immortalized in a Hopkinton statue.

"When Rick was born they said forget him put him away, put him in an institution, he's going to be a vegetable. Our message is yes you can. There's nothing you can't do as long as you make up your mind to do it."

Rick is planning on participating in next year's Boston Marathon, but will likely be with someone else.

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