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Running a marathon can be incredibly challenging however with the right kind of support the journey is somehow durable. 

The Boston Marathon competitors certainly know what that means as they have a very special cheerleader to help keep them motivated. Adorable Golden Retriever named Spencer, has been going to the event almost every year to support the runners. The now 12-year-old pup, shows his support by holding “Boston Strong” flags in his mouth.

The adorable sight of Spencer is sure to give any exhausted runner the inspiration to keep going. Spencer first won over the hearts of the internet world and went viral in 2018 after his owner Rich Powers posted an adorable video of his dog waving “Boston Strong” flags during the rain-soaked race wearing his very own cute little rain coat. The lovable dog went viral again a year later at the event while he once again supported the runners from the same spot, this time wearing a yellow raincoat. 

However while he was still dedicated to support the fellow runners, Spencer faced his own life threatening challenge. 

For the last two years, the supportive pup was unable to show up to the annual sport event due to his own health issues. Spencer’s beloved owner Rich Powers revealed, “The last 2 years we have all been through some challenges. We almost lost our Spencer last year and thought he would never be able to cheer for the Boston marathon again.” Spencer had a 3.5-lb. tumour removed which thankfully went very successful, and he is now making a miraculous recovery. Spencer was also ready and excited to finally cheer and support the runners at this year’s 125th Boston Marathon once again.

Powers shared a recent video on Facebook of adorable Spencer holding up handwritten signs in his mouth. “It’s been 2 years” one says, while the next one reads, “We’ve been through a lot.”

The proud doggie dad also announced, “It has been a long wait but Spencer is ready to see you all again. We are incredibly lucky to have him here to cheer the runners on again. If you know anyone running Monday share this with them so they can keep an eye out for him around 2-3miles in on the right side. We are Boston Strong.”

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