Famous Boston Marathon participant dog honored


DOES HE FEEL THE ENERGY, SARAH? SERA: YES, HE IS. REALLY SPEAK FOR THE RIDERS HE LOOK AT THIS GROUP OF SPECTATORS. THEY HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB ENCOURAGING THE RUNNERS, THEY COME WAVE AFTER WEAVING AND THERE IS A SPECTATOR A LOT OF RUNNERS STOP AT TE AKA SELFIE WITH AND MAYBE GET LOCKED WITH. LOOK AT HIM SPENCEETHR DOG, SUCH A GOOD BOY FOR EIGHT YEARS, APPLAPPING RUNNERS AS THEY PASS. THIS YEAR IS VERY SPECIAL AS 12-YEAR-OLD SPENCER RECOVERS FROM A BATTLE WITH CANCER. >> HE’S JUST A REGULAR GUY FIGHTING THE FIGHT. I’D SAY THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF THESE RIDERS HERE WITH THEIR OWN SPENCER STORY. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, WHATEVER IT IS, IT SHOWS INSPIRATION. HE IS STILL HERE. SERA:EH IS ALWAYS HERE. HE DID SETS OF CHIMIO WHICH ENDED EIGHT WEEKS AGO AND IS BACK ON THE MARATHON ROAD. AND RUNNERS ARE HAPPY TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE HERE ON THE COURSE. INCLUDING YOU GUYS. DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE FOR ALL RUNNERS? [CHEERING] RA: SE WHICH WILL DEFINITELY BE

Spencer returns to Boston Marathon course after battle with cancer

Spencer, the Boston Marathon’s beloved canine fan and official dog for the 126th edition of the race, returned to his usual spot along the course on Monday after his battle with cancer. He became an icon for holding his “Boston Strong” flag in its usual place on the road near Ashland State Park, regardless of the weather, for eight years. The 12-year-old golden retriever has had a tough few years. He had a three-and-a-half-pound benign tumor removed in 2020 and doctors discovered a cancerous tumor about a year later. “He’s the regular guy who leads the fight. I would say there are thousands of these runners who have their own Spencer story, whether it’s personal, physical, mental or otherwise. He shows the inspiration he is still there,” said Richard Powers, Spencer’s dog dad.

Spencer, the Boston Marathon’s beloved canine fan and official dog for the 126th edition of the race, returned to his usual spot along the course on Monday after his battle with cancer.

He became an icon for holding his “Boston Strong” flag in its usual place on the road near Ashland State Park, regardless of the weather, for eight years.

The 12-year-old golden retriever has had a tough few years. He had a three-and-a-half-pound benign tumor removed in 2020 and doctors discovered a cancerous tumor about a year later.

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“He’s the regular guy who leads the fight. I would say there are thousands of these runners who have their own Spencer story, whether it’s personal, physical, mental or otherwise. He shows the inspiration he is still there,” said Richard Powers, Spencer’s dog dad.


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