Mike Huckabee running in Boston Marathon

Posted on January 25, 2008 by



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Republican candidate Mike Huckabee isn’t only running for president. He’s running in the 112th Boston Marathon.

The Republican presidential hopeful plans to run on April 21 as part of Team Hoyt, a charity team organized by Dick and Rick Hoyt.

For 25 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in his wheelchair, making them two of the race’s fan favorites.

The pair has missed only two Boston Marathons: in 2003, when Dick Hoyt suffered a heart attack, and in 2007, when Rick Hoyt had hip surgery.

Their charity tries to integrate people with physical disabilities into everyday life.

Huckabee, 51, lost 110 pounds after he was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 while he was Arkansas’ governor.

In all, he has run four marathons, with a personal best time of 4 hours, 26 minutes and 5 seconds at the 2006 Little Rock Marathon.

Meanwhile, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is expected to withdraw from the Democratic presidential primary race at a news conference today.

Herald wire services contributed to this report.

mszaniszlo@bostonherald.com
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