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Team Hoyt

Team Hoyt

In 1977, Dick Hoyt, at 37 years old, decided to run his first race. The only difference between him and the other competitors in the five-mile run was that he was pushing Rick, his 15-year old son, in a wheelchair. Rick, diagnosed with cerebral palsy since birth, told his father after the race, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” And with that phrase Team Hoyt was born. As of February 2011, the Hoyts have competed in an unprecedented 1,042 endurance events, including 240 triathlons. Despite the challenges that Team Hoyt has faced, their relationship and their lives can be summed up in the words emblazoned on the wheels of Rick’s wheelchair: “It’s a Good Life!”

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