This post is a departure from what I usually write about on this blog. Generally I'm more interested in the art and science of running and training, and how to make practical use of that knowledge. I'm not usually interested in talking about specific athletes or individuals. When discussing particular athletes, most people will naturally focus on the very best. The Haile Gabrselassies and Usain Bolts of the running world get a lot of attention. However, I would like put the spot light on Team Hoyt for a moment.
I live in the Boston, MA area, and as most people in the running community are aware, the Boston Marathon is coming up on April 19th. One consistent fixture of the Boston Marathon for the last few decades has been Team Hoyt. Team Hoyt consists of Dick Hoyt and his son Rick. Rick has cerebral palsy, and for over 30 years they have been competing together in running and triathlon events.
I started running in 1975, and within a few years I was regularly seeing Dick and Rick Hoyt participating in local road races. By 1981, they had started running in the Boston Marathon, and I believe that they have run in 27 more Boston Marathons since then.
Here is a news story about them posted on YouTube. It's a little overly sentimental, but it is worth 10 minutes of your time.
I wold encourage everyone to look at the Team Hoyt web site and find out about their foundation, and it's mission to help disabled young people.
Here are some links to get you started
The Hoyt Foundation
The The Team Hoyt Web Site