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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 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.
For the past thirty years or more Dick Hoyt has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When he runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When he cycles, Rick is in a seat attached to the front of the bike. When he swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick who has a harness around his waist, with a rope attached to both his harness and the front of the boat.
Rick Hoyt uses a wheelchair. That has not stopped him from living a very full and amazing life. He's competed in the Boston Marathon 27 times and in Ironman Triathlons six times. He, along with his dad has formed "Team Hoyt."
The Hoyt's have competed in over 1000 athletic events in the last 30 years. Dick Hoyt is a retired Lt. Colonel, having served in the military for 37 years. Rick Hoyt, 47, is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Special Education. They also travel the country doing corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto, "Yes You Can."
Rick Hoyt's own accomplishments, quite apart from the duo's continuing athletic success, have included his moving on from high school to Boston University, where he graduated in 1993 with a degree in special education. He formally worked at Boston College's computer laboratory helping to develop a system codenamed "Eagle Eyes," through which mechanical aids (like for instance a powered wheelchair) could be controlled by a paralyzed person's eye-movements, when linked-up to a computer.
The Hoyt's mutual inspiration for each other seems to embrace others too--many spectators and fellow-competitors have adopted Team Hoyt as a powerful example of determination. Together they don't only compete athletically; they also go on motivational speaking tours, spreading the Hoyt brand of inspiration to all kinds of audiences, sporting and non-sporting, across the country.
Team Hoyt has published two books in 2010, Rick's Story--The Story of Rick Hoyt, written by Sherrie Ninteau. This is the inspiring and touching story written for children, to teach them about disability awareness and overcoming obstacles. The second book, Devoted--The Story of a Father's Love For His Son, written by Dick Hoyt with Don Yaeger.
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