Dick Hoyt – the hero everyone needs to read about….

Team Hoyt is an American Father-Son duo who compete in Marathons and Ironman Triathlons all over the world. The thing that makes this pair unique is that the son, Rick, has Cerebral Palsy and has to be pushed or pulled along in these events by his Dad.

Together they have competed in over 1090 races together including over 30 marathons and 7 ironman triathlons. It all began in 1977 when Rick asked his father if they could run in a race together to benefit a lacrosse player at his school who had become paralysed. He wanted to prove that life went on no matter your disability. Dick Hoyt was not a runner and was 36 years old. After their first race Rick said, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”After hearing his son say this he set his life ambition to get as fit as possible and to be able to allow his son to feel this freedom he has always wanted to give him.

Rick is now 78 and is still pushing his son round races with his most recent and most regular being the Boston Marathon. The pair have also had a statue placed near the start of the Boston Marathon allowing their story to continue to grow and inspire everyone. They have certainly inspired us.

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