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Team Hoyt

After watching the 110th running of the Boston Marathon, I want to bring to light one of the most inspirational stories in a long time. The father and son tandem of Dick & Rick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) finished the marathon in 3:43:27. 2006 was their 25th Boston Marathon.

That's pretty impressive when you consider that Dick's 65-years-old and together they averaged 8:30 minute miles over the 26-mile course. It's even more impressive when you consider that the father, Dick had arthriscopic surgery on his knee and wasn't able to run for over a month while training for this race, the most prestigious marathon in the world.

Consider their background: they race 40 times a year and since 1977, Rick and Dick Hoyt have completed more than 900 endurance events around the world, including 64 marathons and eight Ironman triathlons. Their best marathon time is 2:40:47 which is elite and not much off professional status.

Now imagine that Dick, running at an 8:30-per-mile pace, pushes his son Rick a slight 44-year-old quadriplegic in a 27-pound wheelchair. Read the stories above.

Amazing what you can do when you have inspiration.


posted by Michael Tavani @ 1:11 AM |

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