Dick Hoyt, a longtime Boston Marathon runner, died on Wednesday morning. He was 80 years old. Hoyt was known for running the Boston Marathon annually with his son, Rick, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy. Rick began running the Boston Marathon in and ran with his son in 32 Boston Marathons with the last being in He was not only a fan-favorite who inspired thousands, but also a loyal friend and father who took pride in spending quality time with his son Rick while running from Hopkinton to Boston.
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CNN -- He already holds the honor of being the only person to complete 20 Iron Man triathlons in a single year, but now Belgian athlete Stefaan Engels has claimed another world record by running marathons in as many days. Engels completed his year-long mission at the Carretera de les Aigues race in Barcelona on Saturday. The "Marathon Man" has covered a distance of 9, miles 15, kilometers since setting off from his home town of Ghent on February 5, , participating in races in Spain, Portugal, Canada, Mexico, Britain and United States, as well as several in his native country. The year-old has smashed the previous record of the most marathons run in one year, which according to the Guinness Book of World Records was held by year-old Akinori Kusuda -- who ran 52 consecutive races in But in a statement on his official website, the former graphic designer played down his amazing feat. It is more like a regular job. I am running just as Joe Average goes to work on Monday morning, whether or not he feels like it," he said.
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The marathon is a long-distance race with an official distance of The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides , a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, who reported the victory. There are also wheelchair divisions. The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in , though the distance did not become standardized until More than marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes, as larger marathons can have tens of thousands of participants.
No cheering fans. Then again, when I laced my shoes that morning, I had no intention of running a marathon. And that—plus a healthy dose of cajoling, a few miles of walking, and several bathroom breaks—is how I found myself dragging my feet across the trailhead parking spots with Brendan, his eyes glued to his watch, waiting for it to register the magic number As I finally disintegrated into my car seat after a sopping hug and high-five, I wondered: Is this what dating an ultrarunner looks like?