Yes You Can! In the spring of , Rick Hoyt told his father, Dick Hoyt, that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. This realization was just the beginning of what would become over 1, races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons. Also adding to their list of achievements, Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U. In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair for the running stage. Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race.
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I was born in Glendale, California. It would be the first of six Ironman titles in Hawaii, the last coming in at age I was undefeated in ten trips to the Nice International Triathlon in France, and from I put together a streak of 21 consecutive race wins at all distances of triathlons from the Olympic distance all the way up to Ironman. I was named "Triathlete of the Year" six times by Triathlete magazine. A father and a son were attempting the race together. But this was no ordinary pairing. Dick and Rick Hoyt were coming in with a story like no other that started way back on January 10, That was when Rick Hoyt came into this world. He was born with cerebral palsy.
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It was a fleeting moment in the th Boston Marathon, but it somehow defined the heart of Team Hoyt and explained the unique bond of love linking Dick and Rick Hoyt, the father-and-son wheelchair racers, and their fans in New England. Amazingly, in spite of the unprecedented security, she unlocks a barrier and ushers onto the course a man and woman. They are pushing a teenage boy in a wheelchair.
Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition Dick pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in the front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. Team Hoyt was inducted to the Ironman Hall of Fame in Rick Hoyt was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth after his umbilical cord became twisted around his neck, which caused the blockage of oxygen flow. Rick's mother Judy spent hours each day teaching Rick the alphabet with sandpaper letters and posting signs on every object in the house. In a short amount of time, Rick learned the alphabet. At the age of 11, after some persistence from his parents, Rick was fitted with a computer that enabled him to communicate and it became clear that Rick was intelligent. Rick went on to graduate from Boston University in with a degree in special education and later worked at Boston College in a computer lab helping to develop systems to aid in communication and other tasks for people with disabilities. Team Hoyt began in when Rick asked his father if they could run in a race together to benefit a lacrosse player at his school who had become paralyzed.