Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt passed away this week on Wednesday morning. He was 80 years old and a Boston Marathon favorite. I personally looked forward to seeing he and his son Rick on their journey from Hopkinton to Boston just about every year I’ve been blessed to be up in Boston on Patriot’s Day either running or on the race route supporting other runners.
Over the past three decades, beginning in 1980 Hoyt became a Boston Marathon fixture. He ran the Boston Marathon annually with his son, Rick, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy.
Some amazing accomplishments:
Dick Hoyt participated in 72 marathons and 257 triathlons alongside his son Rick.
They logged a career-best marathon time of two hours, 40 minutes in 1992.
Dick and Rick Hoyt completed 32 Boston Marathons together.
RIP Dick Hoyt, Boston will alway miss you.
Thank you– You’ve inspired me during my push across the finish line and so many others on your journey.
-David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org