Team Hoyt

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Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-son team who have run 60 marathons (25 of them the Boston Marathon), 6 Ironman Triathlons (composed of 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 116 mile bike ride and then a 26 mile maraton), and other races for a total of nearly 1000 events.

Rick has cerebral palsy, so his dad pushes him in a wheelchair and pulls him in a raft through the water ... Watch this clip for a fascinating look at Team Hoyt.

- via jaredstanley

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Rick Reilly wrote an article on Team Hoyt in 2005 for Sports Illustrated called "Strongest Dad in the World." I think his opening lines really some up how Hoyt makes you feel...

"I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots.

But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck."

The article and story of Team Hoyt was brough tup in congress and a copy of the article is found here:
http://www.house.gov/duncan/2005/fs062305.htm
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When I saw the title, I was wary - I thought maybey the father was in denial and dragging his kid around. But after watching the video, and learning that the kid was actually quite aware, communicating, and the one who came up with the idea of racing - well, I have to agree that it's a very neat thing.
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Wish this video clip was captioned (I'm deaf) but I'm astonished by the fact that the father has completed the Ironman triathlons with his son! *phew*
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Here's the music video version.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2632954908718914053&ei=mfPEScv-FoSKqQPY9-3lAQ&q=hoyt
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