You CaN Do It

Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they’re not in a marathon they are in a triathlon — that daunting, almost superhuman, combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

For the Sheer Inspiration

It’s a remarkable record of exertion — all the more so when you consider that Rick can’t walk or talk.

For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

This story speaks for itself.
And I needed to hear it right now. So the good Lord sent my friend Terry just at the right time and place.

I now pass along this gift.

A deep curtsey and tip o the hat to my my friend Terry Jim over at The Lazy Half S Ranch

16 Responses to “You CaN Do It”

  1. wordsmith says:

    I’ve heard about these two, but I can’t remember where. But I remember thinking it sounded too fantastical to be true. What an inspiring story.

  2. Gayle says:

    Angel, this is beautiful! It’s just more proof that people are capable of anything! What a wonderful father this man has. It’s an incredible testimony of the human spirit. Amazing! :)

  3. Angel says:

    Thanks Word and Gayle…………unbelievable eh? :)

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  5. hnav says:

    wonderful story…

    thank you…

  6. Don says:

    Hi Angel!

    Positive human energy inspires, energizes, creates, triumphs, conquers, invigorates, satisfies, impresses, and encourages. Negative human energy dictates, destroys, oppresses, belittles, and ultimately leads to a hangman’s noose.

    His punishment, hanging from a noose, is nothing in comparison to what awaits him on the other side of life.

  7. GUNZ says:

    There’s absolutely no way I can put into words how I feel right now Angel. I’m highly emotional and tears streaming over this….

    I’ll just say it’s the most beautiful story I’ve ever seen. wow…

  8. daniel says:

    Great story Angel. Never give up, with help and determination, you can accomplish mighty things!
    It has been on my heart to help people with disabilities. Truely an inspiration.

  9. American Crusader says:

    If that doesn’t inspire people, what would?
    Not wanting to look on the negative side, but I wonder what happens after his dad either dies or is unable to care for him.
    This country, for all its greatness, doesn’t always look out for those in the most need.

  10. Angel says:

    Thank y’all for your sweet comments on this post. Means alot to me. :)

  11. daniel says:

    Good question Crusader.
    One of my aunts takes care of her daughter who is deaf.
    An enabler may make it imposible/difficult for the one who needs help to look for help elsewhere.
    She has always took care of her, and now my aunt has ms.
    She will be lost without her.

    There needs to be people who can step up to the plate and help.
    Family, friends, nieghbors…look out for your elderly and people with disabilities!


  12. Ebyjo says:

    I remember watching the news once and they interviewed a young athlete in the Special Olympics. The news person asked the young man how he felt being a handicapped athlete, and his response was…”I am not handicapped, I use everything I have, and everything I am to run, I am not handicapped, those who do not use everything inside of them are handicapped. That is not me.” The lady stood speechless. I cried.

    Rick and Dick are true champions and winners in the very elite sense. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Angel says:

    Thanks again y’all …and your’e right Daniel………and hey welcome Ebyjo..what a beautiful sentiment! :)

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  15. Brooke says:

    What a great post, Angel!

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