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Monday Inspiration: Team Hoyt

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Posted by Cags R under Triathlon, Running on 2 September 2012 at 11:00 PM

During the Paralympics, we witness greatness in the face of diversity. The amazing lengths that athletes will go to compete is truly unbelievable. But for some people who suffer from disability, competing at sports seems an impossibility; not for Team Hoyt!

Team HoytRick Hoyt, born in 1962 to Dick and Judy, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a complication at birth. Although doctors urged the couple that Rick would not be able to live a 'normal' life, Dick and Judy raised him in as active and involved as possible. Although Rick could not walk or speak he was able to communicate with a computer which would speak for him - to his parents' surprise his first words were 'Go Bruins' - a cheer for the Boston ice hockey team!

 Rick's love at sport didn't stop at watching; in 1977 Rick asked his dad if he could run in a 5 mile charity race for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Since then Team Hoyt has taken on amazing feats:

  • Over 1000 races, triathlons, marathons, duathlons - the 1000th race was the 2009 Boston Marathon, Dick was 68 years old and still pushing his son the whole way
  • 6 Ironman competitions - Rick is towed in a boat behind Dick for the swim, they ride a custom 2 seater bike and then Dick pushes Rick in the running stage
  • Biked and ran 3735 miles across the US in 45 days

Team Hoyt

 These guys don't have a Paralympic medal for their achievements but we think they're amazing. Their story has inspired so many people with different disabilities and they truly are our Monday Inspiration.

Read more about Team Hoyt's inspirational story on their official website.

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    20150420062144-sonu

    Thanks Cags for posting this story....I always wanted to share it on TS..Team Hoyt has completed 1069 endurance sports together...and at his peak performance age Team Hoyt's PB for 5k/17 min...and that too, with a load of wheelchair and his son... When Rick Hoyt was born Doctors advised his institutionalization and predicted him to live as vegetable for his whole life....still at the age of 70 and 50 they roughly complete 20 endurance sports every year!

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    20130223184145-sams1

    I hadn't heard about Team Hoyt until reading this, and have now just read more about their story on their website. I'm a special ed coordinator at a nursery and their story has reminded me about the struggle my families face to get their children the life they deserve. Incredible!

    20131109094619-pdt

    Thanks Cags. I've never heard of Team Hoyt either but I am truly impressed with the list of amazing feats. There clearly is no boundries to the human spirit, especially in amazing people like Team Hoyt and the incredible athletes competing in the Paralympics.

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    20130111125806-donjohnson86

    Team Hoyt was very well represented at the Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon this weekend with runners and wheel-chair duos all decked out in red. It was an honor to run beside them for many miles of the race.

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    20160804052633-flurz

    I had already heard about them, but I din't know they've done that much! Team Hoyt, a great role to follow.

    20130107123059-lauranathan

    Amazing family and a true inspiration

    20140811112945-cags

    Thanks Todd, we are so impressed with the dedication of Team Hoyt, they are truly inspiring and I will definitely pick up a copy of One Letter at a Time, thank you for commenting and welcome to the Tribesports community!

    20141122134757-majicmonkey

    That is a truly incredible story - very moving, beautiful and inspiring

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