Monday, May 12, 2008

Incredible Team Hoyt

A child is brain damaged in birth, and his father dedicates his life to a father-son team in marathon and triathlon competitions; two people competing as one.

From Team Hoyt:

The goal of Team Hoyt is to integrate the physically challenged into everyday life. One way to accomplish this is to educate the able-bodied, making them more aware of the issues that the disabled face every day. Another is by actively helping the disabled to participate in activities that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Team Hoyt targets both of these areas.1

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.2

It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can't walk or talk.2

See the video here.3

The photo is from the Team Hoyt web site.

There is no end to the human spirit.

Links in this Blog
1. Team Hoyt

2. Racing Towards Inclusion

3, Video of Dick & Rick

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