Team Hoyt

January 23 2010


I came across this article again the other day and thought I'd share it with anyone that hasn't yet heard of the inspirational story of Team Hoyt. Team Hoyt is a father-son racing team that has competed together for over 30 years and have completed over 1000 races.  This in itself is a huge accomplishment but what makes this story really special is that Rick Hoyt has cerebral palsy and is a spastic quadriplegic and his father Dick has pushed him across the finish line in his wheelchair every single race!

Their life story is pretty amazing.  Rick was born without the ability to speak but was eventually able to communicate with his parents when he had a custom computer built for him in 1972.  His first words.. Go Bruins!  I think this is so cool because the Boston Bruins made it to the stanley cup finals that year and that was the moment his dad knew that Rick was a hockey and sports fan like any other kid!

In 1977 Rick asked his dad if they could compete in a 5 mile charity run to benefit a local lacrosse player who had been injured.  Dick had never been a runner but agreed to push his son in his wheelchair and complete the race together.  After they crossed the finish line Rick told his father "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped anymore!" After this realization, Dick decided to dedicate his life to racing and giving his son that feeling of freedom as many times as he could! Since that first 5 mile race, Team Hoyt has gone on to compete in hundreds of marathons, duathlons and triathlons, including 6 ironman competitions!

I think this story is absolutely amazing and shows the undeniable strength and will that lies in every one of us.  And if Rick can overcome all of his disabilities and go on to become a Boston University graduate and his dad can push him across a thousand finish lines, just imagine what you could do if you set your mind to it!
Article by (Train Online)  |  January 23 2010

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