Boston Marathon Team Hoyt – Last Race

The driving force behind LivOn supplements is determination and the desire to experience an improved quality of life.  Determination and drive combined with teamwork, fitness and nutrition has kept Team Hoyt moving forward for 34 years. Now, a force we have admired is retiring.

The 2014 Boston Marathon is Team Hoyt’s last. Dick Hoyt, 73, and his son, Rick, 52, have competed in over 1,000 races, including marathons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions. That figure alone is staggering, but what is astounding is that Rick Hoyt, one half of this dynamic athletic team, has cerebral palsy.

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At birth, Rick’s umbilical cord became twisted around his neck, blocking oxygen and leaving his brain unable to send correct messages to his muscles. Doctors encouraged the Hoyts to institutionalize Rick, informing them he would never live a “normal” life, much less go on to compete in athletics.  So, how does this team finish all these races? Rick’s father has been behind him, literally pushing him, every step of the way.

Dick, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard and Rick, a graduate of Boston University, ran their first race in 1977. During those first miles, Rick felt as though he wasn’t handicapped—he was simply one of the runners. With this realization, Dick started training. Rick attended public school and was unable to train daily, so Dick ran every day pushing a bag of cement in the wheelchair. Dick improved his fitness and, while pushing his son, was able to obtain a personal record of a 5k in 17 minutes…. Fast, at any age.

That was just the beginning. In triathlons, an endurance competition that involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances,  Dick pulls Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest while he swims, pedals a special two-seater bicycle, and then pushes Rick in his custom made running chair. Every step of the way, Team Hoyt meets the challenge together.

The Hoyts, who reside in Massachusetts, did not finish the 2013 Boston Marathon. They had almost a mile to go when bombs exploded near the finish line. They were not injured. This year team Hoyt will run the Boston Marathon, Rick’s favorite race, for the final time.

LivOn Labs salutes Team Hoyt.

For more details or to make a donation visit TeamHoyt.com.

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