Team Hoyt

16 Apr

This year marked the 115th year of the Boston Marathon. I returned back to the city of my alma mater to partake in the festivities that surround the marathon. Unfortunately, I was very sick and only got to see the tail end of the race…in my cab on the way to the airport. Luckily, I had the best of friends who texted me updates and informed me of the happenings via twitter. One of the tweets which particularly caught my eye was that on Team Hoyt:

Having had the ability to see Team Hoyt during my years at Boston College, I was sad that I missed out on cheering them on, on their inspiring journey through the Boston Marathon. Their run is truly inspirational and the embodiment of little moments of happiness. In case you don’t know about the Hoyt family, I will provide a bit of background on this wonderful family.

“Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father 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. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

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.” The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt’s 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race.” At the age of 71 years young, Dick pushed his son through another marathon and have proved that neither are ready to retire from the marathons just yet!

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