Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hoyts to miss Boston Marathon

One of the most familiar and beloved sights of the Boston Marathon will be missing this year.

Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father and son team, will not be making the trek from Hopkinton to Boston.

The younger Rick, who was born with cerebral palsy, was recently diagnosed with cellulitis, a skin infection that can be very dangerous if not treated promptly. He will have surgery today and because of the recovery time, he won't be ready to race on April 16.

The Hoyts have missed just one other Boston Marathon since 1981 and also compete in about 30 other races every year.

They hope to resume racing later this summer and plan to be back for next year's marathon.