When the gun sounds marking the 117th running of the Boston Marathon this Patriots Day, there will be two well-recognized runners leading the thousands of athletes for the incredible 31st time.
Father and son marathon legends Dick and Rick Hoyt have forged their legacy in Boston Marathon lore over the past one-third of a century and are every bit as synonymous with the legendary Boston race as the historic village of Hopkinton, the screaming women of Wellesley College and the gut-wrenching reputation of Heartbreak Hill.
In fact, the Hoyts are so deeply enshrined in the annals of Boston Marathon history that the inspirational team will have a life-sized bronze statue, which was created in their likeness by renowned artist Mike Tabor, unveiled in the shadows of the starting line just a week prior to the beginning of the annual event.
Thirty-one Boston Marathon entries is of course noteworthy, but the milestone is made statue-worthy due to the fact that the the elder Hoyt, Dick, is 72 years old, and his son, Rick, age 51, has spent his entire life in a wheelchair. Rick lives each day as a non-verbal spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, the result of oxygen deprivation at birth.
Dick pushes Rick in a wheelchair for each and every step of the 26.2-mile event to the delight of the millions of adoring fans who know their inspiring lifelong adventure. Their story of inspiration can be found on their website at www.teamhoyt.com or on the pages of Rick's new bestselling book entitled One Letter at a Time.
Rick completed a marathon of his own in writing the book, since he's nonverbal and communicated his inspirational story one letter at a time.
As they do each year, Dick and Rick have assembled a team of runners from Canada and around the United States who comprise The Hoyt Foundation 2013 Boston Marathon team.
The team will be running to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is to help integrate disabled people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives. Friends, fans and anyone moved by their inspirational story can donate towards the marathon team's $120,000 fundraising goal at Team Hoyt Crowdrise.
The principal sponsor of Team Hoyt is John Hancock, who is celebrating its 28th year as sponsor of the Boston Marathon. A special thanks goes out to John Hancock from Dick and Rick and from the runners that make up the 2013 Team Hoyt Marathon Team.
Dick and Rick Hoyt go to great lengths to share their Yes You Can story and are proud to be joined by these equally inspirational runners.