BOSTON (CBS) — In a tradition going back nearly 40 years, Rick Hoyt crossed the Boston Marathon finish line Monday.
Dick and Rick Hoyt have been a fixture of the Boston Marathon since 1977, when Dick first pushed his son, born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, in the marathon for the first time.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Should You Expect Another Relief Payment?
In 2015, Bryan Lyons replaced Dick, who retired from running marathons.
“We had a great day,” Lyons said Monday. “We thought a lot of people came out last year in the terrible weather, but it was nothing compared to today.”READ MORE: 2 Taken To Hospital With Burns After Chemical Spill In Haverhill
Dick was there to see Lyons and his son cross the finish line, with a tear in his eye.
“That was awesome, to see them go across the finish line,” said Dick, who served as Grand Marshal of the 2015 marathon. “They had a great day, the weather’s been good.”
Marathon champion Uta Pippig met Lyons and Rick Hoyt at the finish line to give Rick his marathon medal.
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Team Hoyt finished the Boston Marathon with a time of 04:59:58, but Lyons said it wasn’t about the time.MORE NEWS: Leonard Robinson Held Without Bail After Being Charged With Murdering Dejah Jenkins-Minus In Lowell
“Any race with Rick is my best race,” Lyons said.