This is a video about the father-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt. If you ever think you can’t do something, watch this video. Dick and Rick started competing together in 1979 when Dick was 39 years old and Rick was 15. There’s one catch – Rick is in a wheelchair.
In the period between 1979 and July 2010 they have completed 238 triathlons (including 6 Ironmans – you know the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike followed by a 26.2 mile marathon – and 7 Half Ironmans), 68 marathons (including 27 Boston marathons), 92 half marathons, and numerous other races. Their best times in the marathon – 2:40:47 (that’s a 6:08 mile in case you’re wondering how fast they go) and in the Ironman – 13:43:37.
Why would a father, who was not a runner and who had to learn to swim, do this? When they run Rick “feels like his disability disappears.” Check out the Team Hoyt Website.