Dick Hoyt has pushed a wheelchair carrying his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, across the finish line of nearly 1,100 races. Now they’re set to be honored at the famed Boston Marathon.
Since the 1980s, the father-son team has tackled hundreds of triathlons and 5K races in addition to 70 marathons and 94 half marathons. Never mind that Rick Hoyt, 51, is unable to use his arms or legs and relies on assistive technology to speak.
Dick Hoyt, 72, says he was not a runner when they started competing, but was inspired to race for his son who indicated that running made him feel like his disability disappeared.
This year alone the Hoyts plan to participate in about two-dozen races, including the Boston Marathon which they have competed in many times before. This time will be different, however, with a life-size bronze statue of the father and son set to be revealed at the starting line, reports TODAY. To read more click here.