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Strongest dad in the world

Strongest Dad in the World

[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]

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.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming
and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the
same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike.
Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his
life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick
was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him
brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

"He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;" Dick says doctors
told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. "Put
him in an institution."

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was
anything to help the boy communicate. "No way," Dick says he was
told. "There's nothing going on in his brain."

"Tell him a joke," Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns
out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by
touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able
to communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!" And after a high school
classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a
charity run for him, Rick pecked out, "Dad, I want to do that."

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described "porker" who never ran
more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still,
he tried. "Then it was me who was handicapped," Dick says. "I was
sore for two weeks."

That day changed Rick's life. "Dad," he typed, "when we were
running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!"

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with
giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such
hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston
Marathon.

"No way," Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't
quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair
competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive
field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race
officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the
qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?"

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since
he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon?
Still, Dick tried.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour
Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud
getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't
you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? "No way," he
says. Dick does it purely for "the awesome feeling" he gets seeing Rick
with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th
Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters.
Their best time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off
the world record, which, in case you don't keep track of these
things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man
in a wheelchair at the time.

"No question about it," Rick types. "My dad is the Father of the
Century."

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he
had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of
his arteries was 95% clogged. "If you hadn't been in such great
shape," one doctor told him, "you probably would've died 15 years
ago."

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland,
Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around
the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend,
including this Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really
wants to give him is a gift he can never buy.

"The thing I'd most like," Rick types, "is that my dad sit in the
chair and I push him once."

Here's the video....

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ryCTIigaloQ
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That is a wonderful story. Thanks for posting it.

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great post, truly inspirational.

thanks.



here's some more on the Hoyts:

http://www.teamhoyt.com/

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If I can only get get my two boyz off the Xbox and the gameboy maybe we can finish this house that's been a construction zone for the last six years. Maybe then, while pulling nails or getting hurt we can have meaningful conversations
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If I can only get get my two boyz off the Xbox and the gameboy maybe we can finish this house that's been a construction zone for the last six years. Maybe then, while pulling nails or getting hurt we can have meaningful conversations
Throw the f**king games in the f**king trash.

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If I can only get get my two boyz off the Xbox and the gameboy maybe we can finish this house that's been a construction zone for the last six years. Maybe then, while pulling nails or getting hurt we can have meaningful conversations
Yeah it got me thinking about my kids too. They usually watch movies or play video games and at ages 3 and 6 they are not yet on the internet and so forth but I fear they will be. Anyway its too easy just to let them do their thing and I'm thinking maybe instead of letting them waste away if front of some TV screen or monitor they should be doing more active/fun physical things like I did when I was a kid, back when there was no internet and hardly any video games. Yeah, I'm definately going to dedicate more time for the kids.
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Throw the f**king games in the f**king trash.

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So the wife will make me sleep in the garage
And the last thing I want to deal with is a Baltimore City social worker taking me as a case of abuse. This city really sucks. This is what happens when we let our government run or interfere in our lives, fkin libs
When was the last time you smacked your kids huh?
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So the wife will make me sleep in the garage
And the last thing I want to deal with is a Baltimore City social worker taking me as a case of abuse. This city really sucks. This is what happens when we let our government run or interfere in our lives, fkin libs
When was the last time you smacked your kids huh?
I have never smacked a child. The last time I spanked a child was my own. She was about 5 yrs old. She had left her bicycle lying behind my pickup and I backed over it. I thought I had killed her. She and her friends came scurrying around the corner of the apartment when they heard the racket. I stepped out of the pickup and snatched her up by one arm and walloped her really hard a couple of times on her butt.

She never, ever forgot where to park her bicycle. Neither did any of her friends. She is 25 now and has a thing about kids playing around cars. Doesn't like it. Knows why, too.

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Dick's devotion to his son's wellbeing is exemplary.
Rick's own achievements despite his disability is testimony to the old adage: 'a chip off the old block.'
I commend them and I am in awe of their prowess. They embody the best of human spirit.

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