Rick Hoyt, a beloved figure in the road race and triathlon communities, has sadly passed away at the age of 61. Rick, who had cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, along with his father Dick, became renowned for their participation in races such as the Boston Marathon, inspiring millions of people with disabilities and proving that anything is possible.
A Remarkable Journey of Inspiration
The father-son duo completed the Boston Marathon an impressive 32 times, making their presence as iconic as sore feet or Heartbreak Hill. Their extraordinary journey and unwavering spirit led to the establishment of the Rick & Dick Hoyt Award, an annual recognition of individuals who embody the advocacy and inclusion values that the Hoyts represented.
A Boston Marathon Icon
The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) expressed its deep appreciation for Rick Hoyt, recognizing him as an icon of the Boston Marathon. He embodied the “Yes You Can” mentality that defined Team Hoyt and inspired countless others to believe in themselves. The BAA emphasized their gratitude for the privilege of knowing Rick, acknowledging him as a friend, mentor, pioneer, and Boston Marathon finisher.
Pushing the Boundaries
Beyond the Boston Marathon, Rick and Dick Hoyt participated in over 1,000 other races, including duathlons and triathlons. Their dedication to endurance and perseverance captivated the world. In 1992, they embarked on a monumental run and bike journey across the United States, covering an astounding 3,735 miles (6,010 kilometers) in just 45 days. Their incredible achievements continue to inspire and amaze.
A Lasting Legacy
Tragically, Dick Hoyt passed away in 2021, leaving behind an indelible legacy. Their story of determination and love will never fade. Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon and other events in which the Hoyts participated, expressed his disbelief at the passing of both father and son. He praised Rick for his courage, determination, tenacity, and selflessness, acknowledging the profound impact he had on the lives of others.
The loss of Rick Hoyt marks the end of an era, but his legacy will forever endure. His remarkable journey with his father by his side, overcoming physical limitations and achieving incredible athletic feats, will continue to inspire generations to come. The impact that Rick and Dick Hoyt have had on the world is immeasurable, and their story will be remembered and shared for years to come.