BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's been nine years since the Boston Marathon Bombing and three people were killed, including 8-year-old Martin Richard. For this year's marathon, in lieu of a team of runners representing the Martin Richard Foundation, Martin's 20-year-old brother, Henry Richard, will be stepping up to compete.
"We'll be back at the finish line, to watch him finish," says Bill Richard, the father of Martin and Henry. The family says they believe Martin will be there too, rooting for Henry in the race.
"We always feel him and I'm sure that's what his older brother will be feeling as well. It'll be emotional- we know that he's doing this for himself and for his brother, and he'll prove that even though times were really hard on him for a while, you persevere and run a marathon," Bill said.
Martin would have been 18 years old this coming June, and graduating high school.
The MRF is focusing on fundraising for a new state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot field house on Mount Vernon Street on Harbor Point in Dorchester this year. The field house will cost around $50 million to construct, featuring sports facilities, a teaching kitchen, a theater space, and a café.
WBZ's Suzanne Sausville (@wbzSausville) reports.