There are amazing accomplishments all around us. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate a father who gave his son an incredible gift. You may have heard the extraordinary story of a father who pushed his adult son, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, across 1,000 finish lines.
Dick Hoyt passed away in March. He was 80 years old and is an icon in the sports world. Dick became internationally recognized by pushing his son Rick in more than a thousand races across the globe. The pair started their journey in 2012 when they crossed their first finish line to help raise money for a paralyzed lacrosse player.
Rick was once asked if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, “The thing I’d most like is for my dad to sit in the chair, and I would push him for once.”
Much has been written about this inspiring duo, but this 4-minute video shows the passion and the tightly forged relationship between this father and son:
Here are some highlights of this incredible journey:
- Team Hoyt finished 32 Boston Marathons
- In 2013 a bronze statue of the pair was placed near the Boston Marathon starting line
- Team Hoyt became the first duo ever to compete in the Ironman in Hawaii
- Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days!
For more about this incredible story, please check out the Team Hoyt website: