In the spring of 1977, Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, 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.”
This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Read more...
On a bright Sunday last April, Bryan Lyons, D95, took the mound at Fenway Park to toss the ceremonial first pitch—and to mark the evolution of yet another great Boston tradition. Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his son, Rick, in a wheelchair in every Boston Marathon since 1980.
Methuen’s Lyons to continue Team Hoyt tradition at Boston Marathon By Dave Dyer/Eagle Tribune There may be no “I” in team, but there can sure be a lot of personal enjoyment and satisfaction. Just ask Methuen’s Bryan Lyons, who is a proud member of Team Hoyt and will get what he believes will be the […]
By: Josh Misner / Huffington Post In 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt welcomed their son, Rick, into an unsuspecting world — a world that would forever be changed by their presence and sacrifice. Because of complications with his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. According to a CBS interview, Dick […]
By: Sydney Lupkin and David Meyers / ABC News Team Hoyt has become a fixture on the Boston Marathon course, but after running it more than 30 times, the father-and-son team has decided it’s time to say goodbye. Dick Hoyt pushed his son, Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in a wheelchair for their first race […]
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