By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
There are many runners, who compete in marathons. And then there’s Dick Hoyt.
He pushed his disabled son Rick, who is in a wheelchair, in the Boston Marathon and other races, has died. He was 80.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He passed away Wednesday morning in Holland, Massachusetts.
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“He had an ongoing heart condition that he had been struggling with for years and it just got the better of him,” his son Russ Hoyt said.
Hoyt first participated in his first Boston Marathon in 1980 with his son Rick, who is quadriplegic, who also has cerebral palsy. Since then, the two competed in 32 Boston Marathons, before retiring in 2014.
“The B.A.A. [Boston Athletic Association] is tremendously saddened to learn of the passing of Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt,” the organization said in a statement. “Dick personified what it meant to a be a Boston Marathoner, showing determination, passion, and love every Patriots Day for more than three decades. He was not only a fan favorite who inspired thousands, but also a loyal friend and father who took pride in spending quality time with his son Rick while running from Hopkinton to Boston.”
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There is a statue of Hoyt and his son placed in front of a school in Hopkinton, Mass. which is near the Boston Marathon starting line, in 2013.
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