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Hoyts will miss Boston Marathon after son's surgery

3/28/2007

BOSTON -- Richard Hoyt has pushed his wheelchair-bound son, Rick, in 25 Boston Marathons, but the pair will miss the race next month while Rick recovers from surgery.

Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy, was scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday for a hip infection and won't recover in time for the 111th running of the race April 16.

The Hoyts are fan favorites and have missed just one Boston Marathon -- in 2003 -- since they started running it in 1981. They also compete in about 30 other races every year.

The Hoyts plan to be back for the 2008 Boston Marathon.

Race organizers look forward to the Hoyts' return.

"People go out to the Boston Marathon specifically to see the Hoyts," Boston Athletic Association spokesman Jack Fleming said.
"They're one of the institutions of the Boston Marathon. We'll miss them this year."