The Associated Press

Hoyts Honored With Statue At Boston Marathon Start

Dick Hoyt, left, and his son, Rick, start the 116th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, April 16, 2012. (Stew Milne/AP)

Dick Hoyt, left, and his son, Rick, start the 116th running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, April 16, 2012. (Stew Milne/AP)

HOPKINTON, Mass. — A new statue near the start of the Boston Marathon honors a father and son who have inspired runners and spectators for three decades.

The bronze likeness dedicated Monday shows Dick Hoyt pushing his son Rick, who is a quadraplegic and has cerebral palsy, in a wheelchair, as he has done in the race for so many years.

Dick Hoyt called the statue “unbelievable.”

Hoyt, now 72, and his 51-year-old son plan to compete in the 26.2-mile marathon again next Monday.

The father and son from Holland also are the public faces of Team Hoyt, a charity formed to inspire disabled people.

The statue was commissioned by marathon sponsor John Hancock insurance company and donated to the Center School, near the race’s start line.

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