Boston Marathon Meet Up with Team Hoyt
On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, FirstGiving fundraisers gathered at Dillons, just steps away from the Boston Marathon finish line, for a night of team building, networking, and fun. Dick Hoyt,
a seasoned marathon and endurance athlete, gave a motivational speech to Boston Marathon runners. Rick Hoyt
, Dicks son, was a strongly felt presence throughout the evening through moving videos Dick presented.
Born in 1962, Rick Hoyt was diagnosed at an early age as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick Hoyt never wanted to treat Rick differently from other children, and raised him in a loving family. In 1971, Rick wanted to enter into a local 5K race and Dick, not a runner himself, agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair for the race. Rick later told Dick that when they were in the race it was the first time in his life that he didn't feel disabled.
That was all it took for Dick to sign him and Rick up for as many running events as possible. Together, they have competed in over 1,000 races, triathlons, marathons, and duathlons, including six Iron Man Triathlons
. They will be competing in their 28th Boston Marathon on April 19, 2010.
At the Dillons event, FirstGiving Boston Marathon runners mingled, shared training stories, and enjoyed Dicks speech and the Q & A time. One runner asked Dick how injuries have affected his training and running; most attendees were shocked when Dick said that he had a heart attack during one of his races and didnt even know it at the time. High cholesterol and heart attacks are common in his family, and Dick credits Rick for getting him in tip-top shape. Dick said that if it werent for the running and training, he doesnt know if he would be alive today. Dicks best advice for first-time Boston Marathon runners is to go out slow--26.2 miles is a long distance, and you want to be able to finish.The Hoyt Foundation
is dedicated to building the individual character, self-confidence, and self-esteem of America's disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life, including family and community activities, especially sports, at home, in schools, and in the workplace. They now have a Boston Marathon team of their own that raises money each year for the Hoyt Foundation and get to run alongside Dick and Rick. The team is truly an inspirational powerhouse in the running community, and their signature message, Yes, you can," helps empower everyone.
FirstGiving thanks Team Hoyt for giving FirstGiving fundraisers fresh inspiration. We also thank the attendees for making the night truly special.
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