This guy is a legend, no doubt - I'm a triathlete, a parent and am in training for an Ironman as well, when it comes to the crunch (not just in triathlon but in anything) when I think that i just can't keep going on this is the fella that I remind myself of.
Proof that you can achieve almost anything with the right motives.
Team Hoyt are not the only people to credit though, a little research in some of the disabled people who complete the Ironman produces some outstanding facts. People who are TOTALLY blind who finish, guys and girls who have previously been told that they will never walk again after being flattened by "insert heavy object here" and F**k me even people with no legs finish this race.
Ironman Distance Triathlon is becoming one of the most popular endurance events in the world and rightly so - want a man test? Do an ironman, want a REAL test of your spirit do the same thing but drag a ten stone bergen along for the ride and only then will you appreciate what this man does for his son.
100% legend - Props to Team Hoyt and all those others who are brave enough to look into the eyes of the beast....and promptly smash it's pussy cat face into the tarmac!
PIMH, I've done a bit of Google-searching, and I'm unable to find any reference to either the death of the son, or the father's jailing. I was interested to see why he was in jail, do you have any further info?
Eh? If ture, it must be very recent.
The Team Hoytwebsite says:
The 2009 Boston Marathon was officially Team Hoyt's 1000th race. Rick always says if it comes down to doing one race a year he would like it to be the Boston Marathon: his favorite race. Dick Hoyt hopes that he is able to push Rick in the Boston Marathon when he is 70 years old (2011)! Neither Dick or Rick are ready to retire yet.
There is a similar pair in UK - father and son I believe - who are often seen on the half-marathon circuit in the west of England. I have met them on the Tewkesbury and Gloucester half-marathons, and have managed to overtake them each time - but not until at least half-way round...