When the gun sounds marking the th running of the Boston Marathon this Patriots Day, there will be two well-recognized runners leading the thousands of athletes for the incredible 31st time. In fact, the Hoyts are so deeply enshrined in the annals of Boston Marathon history that the inspirational team will have a life-sized bronze statue, which was created in their likeness by renowned artist Mike Tabor, unveiled in the shadows of the starting line just a week prior to the beginning of the annual event. Thirty-one Boston Marathon entries is of course noteworthy, but the milestone is made statue-worthy due to the fact that the the elder Hoyt, Dick, is 72 years old, and his son, Rick, age 51, has spent his entire life in a wheelchair.
What I'm doing is loaning Rick my arms and legs so he can be out there competing like everybody else". Dick and Rick Hoyt, better known as "Team Hoyt. As a result, his brain cannot send the correct messages to his muscles.
F or the 1,th time, the year-old man and his spastic quadriplegic son await the starting gun's crack. It's a Good Life! But neither man can be sure those words aren't a lie when they're still, and gather truth only in counterclockwise motion.
Rick Hoyt lies awake but unmoving, watching clear winter sunlight spill into his bedroom. He often spends whole days watching light move across a room, or along the course of a road race—the pale April sunshine filtering through the bare trees along Route in the early miles of the Boston Marathon, for instance, or the tropical sun lancing the clouds that shroud Mauna Loa volcano at the Hawaii Ironman. Unable to voluntarily move any part of his body but his head, and that just barely, Rick lies calmly, studying the morning light.
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Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they're not in a marathon they are in a triathlon--that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3, miles across America.
Yes You Can! In the spring ofRick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1, races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons.
It was well past midnight, and after 17 hours and 53 minutes of all-out effort, Dick Hoyt was only yards from completing an astonishing feat of courage, endurance and love. To a full-throated roar from the spectators, he tightened his grip on the racing wheelchair before him and broke into a rubbery-legged run toward the finish line. Dick, 46, and son Rick Richard Jr. By the time they had finished the 2.