I found a great father and son story today that brought tears and inspiration to me.
While some fathers abuse their kids or simply neglect them, here is one dad who never gave up on his son. And one son who, notwithstanding his physical condition, remained steadfast for his dad. I cannot imagine how much more Our Father up there would be willing to do or sacrifice -- for us. Nor can I fathom the faith of His Son who, willingly and wholeheartedly surrendered His life for His Father above.
I CAN do all things through Him who strengthens me. - Philippians 4:13
Team Hoyt began in 1977 when Rick became inspired by an article on racing he saw in a magazine. Dick Hoyt was not a runner and was nearly 37 years old. After their first race Rick said, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” After their initial five mile run, Dick began running every day with a bag of cement in the wheelchair because Rick was at school and studying, unable to train with him.” As of February 2008, the Hoyts had competed in 958 endurance events, including 65 marathons and six Ironman triathlons. They had run the Boston Marathon 25 times.
They also compete in triathlons in which Dick pushes Rick for the foot race, then with Rick sitting in a boat for the swim portion, Dick pulls him with a rope attached to his body. For the cycle portion of the triathlon, Rick rides on the front of a specially designed tandem bike.
View their website and running schedules @ Team Hoyt
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