ASHLAND (CBS) – Boston Marathon fan favorite Spencer is officially back.
Each year Spencer roots for runners along the marathon route in Ashland, about 2-3 miles into the course.
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The 12-year-old golden retriever was named the official dog of the 126th Boston Marathon last week ahead of the race.
Spencer underwent surgery late last year to have a tumor and his spleen removed and was later diagnosed with terminal cancer. He has since finished chemotherapy treatment.
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The dog’s owner, Rich Powers, said leading up to the race he was hopeful Spencer would be up for a return to the course.
On Marathon Monday, Spencer was back out there, with Boston Strong flags in his mouth as the runners went by.
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Powers said during the marathon, a man pulled a 2021 medal out of his pocket and put it on Spencer to keep.