BOSTON (AP) — Rick Hoyt, who along with his father pushing his wheelchair turned a fixture on the Boston Marathon and different races for many years, has died. He was 61.
Hoyt died of problems along with his respiratory system, his household introduced on Monday.
“Rick along with our father, Dick, were icons in the road race and triathlon worlds for over 40 years and inspired millions of people with disabilities to believe in themselves, set goals and accomplish extraordinary things,” the Hoyt household stated in a press release.
Rick Hoyt had cerebral palsy, which left him a quadriplegic, however he and his father turned as a lot part of the Boston Marathon as sore toes or Heartbreak Hill. With Dick Hoyt pushing, the 2 accomplished the course 32 occasions.
The Boston Athletic Association presents a Rick & Dick Hoyt Award every April to somebody who displays their spirit by means of advocacy and inclusion.
“Rick Hoyt will always be remembered as a Boston Marathon icon and for personifying the ‘Yes You Can’ mentality that defined Team Hoyt,” the BAA stated in a press release. “We are fortunate to have been able to call Rick a friend, mentor, pioneer, and Boston Marathon finisher.”
The father and son pair additionally participated in additional than 1,000 different races, together with duathlons and triathlons; in 1992 they accomplished a run and bike throughout the U.S. that coated 3,735 miles (6,010 kilometers) in 45 days. In 2013, a statue of father and son was erected close to the Boston Marathon’s beginning line in Hopkinton.
Dick Hoyt died in 2021.
“It’s hard to believe they both have now passed on but their legacy will never die. Dick and Rick Hoyt have inspired millions around the world,” stated Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon and different occasions that the Hoyts participated in. “We will always be grateful, Rick, for your courage, determination, tenacity and willingness to give of yourself so that others, too, could believe in themselves, set goals and make a difference in this world as you have.”