It’s the type of story that gives you goose bumps and makes you struggle to hold back tears. Dick and his son Rick Hoyt have competed in over 1,000 endurance races, treks, triathlons and ironman competitions but there is something very inspiring about this duo.
Rick was born a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy and was unable to walk or talk. It has been his father Dick who has pushed, pulled and cycled his son through some of the most gruelling races on the planet.
After almost 30 years of competing, in 2014, the pair participated in their 32nd and final Boston Marathon – Dick at the ripe age of 75. With the years of pounding the pavement taking their toll on Dick’s body, he retired from professional running in 2014 and passed the baton on to a member of Team Hoyt.
Although Dick won’t race in 2015, he will be there to watch his son cross the finish line, coming back as Grand Marshall of the event. When asked what it was that kept Dick motivated for all those years, it was a simple yet powerful message his son said to him – “Dad when I’m running it feels like my disability disappears.”
Photos by Stewart Dawson