The 2014 edition will have the second-largest field in the history of the race.
This year was supposed to be Dick Hoyt’s last Boston Marathon. According to an article posted on Mass Live, the 73-year-old leader of the famous father-son marathon team says that his back has been an issue.
However, because of the tragedy that struck at the world’s oldest modern marathon, Hoyt says he will return to the start line at Hopkinton once more.
“We’ll run the 2014 race for those who were killed or wounded in 2013,” he said.
Next year’s race, to be held on Patriot’s Day, April 21, will boast the second-largest field in the event’s history.
Executive Director of the Boston Athletic Association, Tom Grilk, says many runners will return to Boston next year seeking closure.
“One person’s reaction to what happened, and to moving forward, differs from another. Nothing is right or wrong, and each reaction is individual,” Grilk said.
“What has become clear is the effort to display the true meaning of ‘Boston Strong.’ People will live their lives the way they choose, no matter if somebody tries to stop them.”
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