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Hoyts forced to miss Marathon

Dick and Rick Hoyt, the inspiring father-and-son team who have raced in 25 Boston Marathons, will miss the 111th running April 16 while Rick recovers from surgery.

Dick Hoyt, 66, started running with his wheelchair-bound son in 1981 and had missed just one Boston Marathon since then, in 2003, when Dick was recovering from heart surgery.

Rick Hoyt, 45, who was born with cerebral palsy, had surgery yesterday at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge to treat an infection in his hip, a complication from cellulitis.

Rick Hoyt had surgery Monday as well, his father said. The first procedure was to address the infection, and yesterday's surgery was for skin grafts.

He is expected to fully recover, and the Hoyts said they will resume training in a few months and hope to compete in next year's Marathon.

"Rick and I are still having fun and we enjoy it. We love running and competing," Dick Hoyt said.

Boston Athletic Association spokesman Jack Fleming said the association looked forward to the Hoyts' eventual return.

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

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