Dick Hoyt passed away March 17 at age 80 years. Hoyt and his son, Rick, a quadriplegic, were a familiar and inspiring tableau at 32 Boston Marathons in which they participated as a father-son team.
The Associated Press reports: “Dick Hoyt first pushed his son, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, in the Boston Marathon in 1980. Dick and Rick, in a specialized wheelchair, completed 32 Boston Marathons together, until Dick, citing health issues, retired in 2014. He had planned on retiring after the 2013 race, but the father and son never finished because of that year’s finish line bombing, so they came back one more time.”
The highlights of their participation in the Boston Marathon and details about their lives are summarized in this Associated Press article.