Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt are father and son was famous marathoners in Boston. They are special because Dick Hoyt drove his son Rick Hoyt, who was in a wheelchair for dozens of marathons over the last few decades.
Dick Hoyt died at the age of 80, and the death is announcing by Boston Athletic Association on Wednesday. “We are tremendously saddened to hear of the passing of Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt. Dick symbolized what it means to be a Boston Marathoner, completing 32 races with son Rick. We are keeping his many family & friends in our prayers,” the organization announced through a tweet.
They have run 26.2 miles of the marathon all 32 times in a customized wheelchair for the entire time.
They had earned a lot of attention and have lovingly recognized as “Team Hoyt.”
Rick Hoyt, 59 years old now, was born with cerebral palsy. At birth after his umbilical cord became wrapped around his neck, obstructing the flow of Oxygen; to his brain. He has diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic.
Everyone said to Dick, to Forget Rick, put him away or put him in an institution; he will be a vegetable for the rest of his life. While people tell him; that Rick would be nothing but a burden in the future, the father denied giving up.
He didn’t let his son’s inability get in the way of accomplishing the success that his son was dreaming of;
Doctors also suggested to the couple about institutionalizing their son. But they refused and decided to raise their son.
Rick was raised just like any other child. They bought him camping, cross-country skiing, and swimming at the beach with his two younger brothers.
Even though he could not speak or use his arms or legs, Rick has sent to a public school.
Despite being born with a life-challenging condition as cerebral palsy, Rick was graduate from high school. Not only that, but he also attended Boston University and graduated from college.
The duo started running back in 1977. One day Rick came back from school and told his dad about; how he wanted to run for a charity road race. It has organized; to help; pay the medical bills; of a student who left paralyzed; because of an accident.
Dad, I want to do something for him. I want to let him know that life goes on even though he has paralyzed. And I want to run in the race, Rick said to his dad.
Dick had never taken part in a marathon before.
But for his son’s happiness, he decided to take part in the race.
So, he pushed his son in a heavy, box-shaped chair with handles on top and completed the race.
When they got home, that night Rick wrote on his computer, Dad! When I am running, it feels like my disability leaves. That was a powerful message to Dick.
After that, Dick made a customized wheelchair for Rick.
And together! They completed more than 1,100 races, including at least 257 triathlons.
We run for the people who think they cannot run. Dick mentioned.