‘Boston Strong’ dog cheers on runners at 2019 marathon

BOSTON (WHDH) - A brave “Boston Strong” pooch named Spencer was back along the parade route on Monday to encourage runners taking part in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

A video of Spencer braving the elements while holding a pair of Boston Strong flags went viral during last year’s race.

Spencer set up shop in Ashland on Monday to support the thousands of runners on their trek from Hopkinton to Boston.

“He goes from person to person to person,” Spencer’s owner, Rich Powers, told 7News. “He knows it’s a big deal.”

Spencer sported a yellow rain jacket this year and again had his iconic flags secured safely in his mouth.

Powers says Spencer hung out near mile marker two as he soaked in all of the action during the 123rd running of the historic race.

“I just feel the energy with him,” Powers said of Spencer. “The people are so appreciative that we are out here cheering them on.”

Video taken by 7’s John Cuoco showed a canine friend sitting next to Spencer.

Many race participants called out to Spencer as they ran by, some saying, “You’re a good boy” and “I remember you from last year.”

As long as it’s not too hot, Powers says Spencer will be back again in 2020.

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