BOSTON (CBS) –  Dick and Rick Hoyt are a big part of Boston Marathon history, a father-son team who have been racing for three decades.

Now, there’s a statue in their honor that’s been placed near the starting line in Hopkinton.

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The hope is runners will see it and be inspired.

The name of the bronze statue, “Yes You Can” is also the Hoyt team’s motto.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Next Monday’s race will be the 31st Boston Marathon for the Hoyts.

“Who would have ever expected something like this would happen to Rick and I when he asked me to run in that first race 34 years ago,” Dick Hoyt said.

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The life-sized statue was commissioned by the John Hancock insurance company and sculpted by Texas artist Mike Tabor.