How Stories Like The Hoyt's Encourage Us

Last week, I talked a little about my thoughts on the Boston Marathon. Now, I want to share a story that will leave you inspired.

After 37 years of running together, Rick and Dick Hoyt have run their final marathon. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, drop what you're doing and Google them, look them up on YouTube, and learn their story. It will move you to tears.

Team Hoyt (4-29-14)


Here’s the quick version.

“It’s going to be unbelievable, this is going to be our 32nd Boston Marathon,” Dick Hoyt told Runners World in a pre-Boston Marathon interview. “Last year, we did not go across the finish line, we were stopped at the 25-mile marker. But we will be out there, we will get across it this year, it’s going to be very emotional.”

Seventy-three year old Dick has pushed his 51 year old son Rick who has cerebral palsy and is in a custom-made wheelchair, through more than 1,000 races.

The inspirational duo had about a mile left to go during the historic 2013 Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded. The Hoyts were originally planning for last year’s Boston Marathon to be their last together. After the bombings, Dick said he knew he had to run again.

It took Team Hoyt more than 7 hours to finish the race. Dick, a Veteran from the National Guard, has back problems and after more 1,000 races, he said it’s time to take a break.

The most awesome thing? While Boston was the last race for the father-son duo, Dick said Rick will continue to compete, but someone else will be pushing him.

What do you guys think? Have you heard about the Hoyts?

Run happy, Megahnn

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