Parents often go above and beyond for their children. They do everything possible to make sure their children are satisfied. Dick Hoyt was a parent like any other. This remarkable guy has run marathons pulling his son’s wheelchair. His story is an example of a father’s sincere love for his child.
Dick and Judy Hoyt’s first child was born in 1962 and was named Rick. Rick was identified as having spastic cerebral palsy shortly after birth. He suffered from lack of oxygen and brain damage since the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. This form of cerebral palsy is often the most severe. Muscle tension or spasms come from significantly elevated muscle tone. Patients with this disease therefore often have difficulty walking and are forced to use a wheelchair. Also, they might have trouble communicating. However, Rick’s parents were sure he could see, hear and understand them. He was able to learn the alphabet and the basic words thanks to them. With $5,000 in his pocket, the boy’s father went to Taft University when he was 11 and begged them to create something so he could speak with the rest of the world. He was informed: “Impossible. In his brain, NOTHING is happening. The father then asked for a joke. The joke was created by engineers. The young man burst out laughing. Additionally, the engineers created a computer that allowed Rick to mentally type in the words he wanted to express.
Rick came to his father with a request in the spring of 1977 that neither he nor Dick could have foreseen. He was going to run the five miles for charity. Rick wanted to help his classmate, who was paraplegic after sustaining injuries in a car accident.
The father didn’t think it would be easy to run a 5 mile marathon as he was not in fantastic physical shape. Nothing, however, could stop the father from giving his child everything he had. Plus, it’s extraordinarily moving when a guy who’s been through so much can connect with the pain of others. They ran their first 5 mile marathon despite finishing last.
The father-son combination has competed in six Ironman races as well as marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Dick Hoyt was a wonderful parent who wanted the best of lives for his child. The Boston Marathon was the 1,000th official race for the Hoyt team. The Boston Marathon has been held every year since 1897. They became even closer because it was Rick Hoyt’s favorite race and he was there with his father.
2008 saw Team Hoyt’s induction into the Ironman Hall of Fame. The two were recognized twice more in 2013. In Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the starting point of the Boston Marathon, a bronze statue of the group was built in April. They received the Jimmy Award later that month. The couple said in 2014 that the 2019 Boston Marathon would be their last race together. Dick Hoyt, who died in March 2021 at the age of 80, had a profound impact on the world. He has participated in over 1,000 races with his son Rick. Dick Hoyt’s story will remind teenagers that there is love and support and that every child is special in their own right. Young people with disabilities will be inspired by the story of Rick Hoyt to overcome challenges and pursue their dreams. The Hoyt team continues Dick’s work today.