Dick and Rick Hoyt prep for their final Boston Marathon

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February 28, 2014, 10:22 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Hopkinton, Mass.) - Last year, a statue was unveiled of Dick and Rick Hoyt at the Boston Marathon starting line as they had planned on that being their last Boston run.

But after the bombings kept them a mile short of the finish line, they decided to return this year for a historic 32nd time to finish things right.

For Dick and Rick Hoyt of Holland, Massachusetts crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon is one small step in the inspirational journey they've been on for the past three plus decades.

The father-son team has defied doctor's expectations.

Dick Hoyt said, "It's unbelievable you know, when Rick was born they said put him away, put him in an institution, he's going to be nothing but a vegetable for the rest of his life."

Born with cerebral palsy and confined to a wheelchair, Rick Hoyt has accomplished more in his life than most adults half his age.

In fact, Dick Hoyt says his son will likely outlast him in the sport of long-distance running.

"After all these years of running this stuff I have a serious back problem, an all my nerves are all knitted together," said Dick Hoyt, "I think my body's trying to tell me it's time to slow down."

But when the marathon attacks kept Team Hoyt from finishing in what was supposed to be their Boston victory lap...

"We got to the 25 mile marker and we got stopped again and the police said that's it the marathon's all over," said Dick Hoyt.

The Hoyts decided to summon the strength for one more trek from Hopkinton to Boston.

"We decided right then and there that we were going to run this year and honor the people that got killed and injured," said Dick Hoyt.

A team that has inspired the world to never give up, inspired by a city that refuses to give in to terrorists.

"Oh I think it's just going to be awesome to be able to finish it and honor those people, it's just amazing it really is," said Dick Hoyt, "Boston is strong and it always will be."

Dick Hoyt says while this will be his last Boston Marathon, Rick will run again with a member of Team Hoyt.

Tags: Alysha Palumbo, Boston Marathon, Dick Hoyt, Team Hoyt, Rick Hoyt
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