Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, grew to become (*80*) Marathon legends after their first run in 1980, throughout which the dad pushed Rick in a customized racing chair, in response to the (*80*) Athletic Association.
The two accomplished a complete of 32 (*80*) Marathons collectively, together with a last end in 2014, the affiliation added.
“Dick personified what it meant to a be a Boston Marathoner, showing determination, passion, and love every Patriots’ Day for more than three decades,” the affiliation mentioned in a statement.
“He was not only a fan favorite who inspired thousands, but also a loyal friend and father who took pride in spending quality time with his son Rick while running from Hopkinton to Boston,” it added.
Following information of his passing, tributes poured in from athletes, sports activities groups, journalists, authorities leaders and different officers.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said
Hoyt was “an iconic part of the Boston Marathon for decades.”
“Dick epitomized what it means to be Boston Strong and inspired so many along the way,” (*80*) Mayor Marty Walsh wrote
on Twitter. “Boston will always miss you. Rest In Peace, my friend.”
Team Hoyt has for many years been a “shining example of determination and spirit,” the (*80*) Bruins mentioned in another post.
The verified Twitter account for the Ironman Triathlon wrote
they have been launched to the father-son workforce in 1988 at the Ironman World Championship.
“While they didn’t finish that first year further history would be made the very next year,” they wrote.
“Using an inflatable boat attached to a bungee pulled by Dick, a bike with a seat on the handlebars for Rick, & a custom-made jogger for Rick to sit in, the pair etched Team Hoyt into the history books finishing the 140.6-mile IRONMAN triathlon & redefining what’s possible.”
Through the duo’s participation in not simply Ironman occasions however different competitions as properly, extra Special Teams are engaged and celebrated in sporting occasions globally than ever earlier than, the triathlon workforce mentioned.
“While our hearts are broken for this loss, his accomplishments alongside Rick are ones that will remain at the core of IRONMAN,” they mentioned.
“We will miss you, Dick.”