It is with great sorrow that we note the death of Dick Hoyt, marathoner and triathlete, who for over three decades inspired thousands, including me, as he competed by pulling and pushing his son Rick along with him.
In my younger days I did triathlons in New England, and Dick and Rick were there almost always. The videos show the effort, but you really had to be there to appreciate it. It was like being in the presence of greatness.
I won’t tell you whether I beat them, or they beat me. Why won’t I? Because I don’t want to and you can’t make me.
The devotion of father to son extended far beyond the sports competition.
I haven’t done triathlons since my 2006 eye illness sidelined me. But I’ve often thought about Dick and Rick, they made such an impression.
So hearing today of Dick’s death at age 80 was hard to take. I wonder what will become of his son, hopefully there is family and other arrangments have been made.
Dick Hoyt ran a 2:40 Boston Marathon pushing his son. The greatest feat in running history. They also did six Ironman Triathlons. For the swim portion, he used a rope attached to his body to pull Rick in a boat. For two miles. And then 150 miles on a bike and the 26.2 mile run. https://t.co/hzTEGbbkYW
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) March 17, 2021
— Lori Geishecker (@lorigeishecker) March 17, 2021
Boston Marathon legend Dick Hoyt has died at the age of 80.
Dick and his son Rick inspired so many. I always got chills when I saw them running. pic.twitter.com/pA5FGu5teC
— BostonTweet (@BostonTweet) March 17, 2021
USA Triathlon is heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dick Hoyt. Hoyt was an endurance sports icon, a Boston Marathon and Kona legend and a USA Triathlon Hall of Famer. More importantly, he was a tremendous father and a beloved member of our community. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/SDRZTcDb7D
— USA Triathlon (@usatriathlon) March 17, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dick Hoyt.
For decades Team Hoyt has exemplified perseverance, love, and compassion, as Boston Marathon icons and as a family.
We send our thoughts to the entire Hoyt family. They will forever be an inspiration. ?? pic.twitter.com/5SXVX4V7ce
— Red Sox (@RedSox) March 17, 2021
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