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Dick Hoyt Biography – Dick Hoyt Wiki
Dick Hoyt is a Boston Marathon icon who pushed his son Rick Hoyt, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, in multiple Boston Marathons. Dick Hoyt first pushed his son in the Boston Marathon in 1980. Dick and Rick completed 32 Boston Marathons together, until Dick, citing health issues, retired in 2014. He had planned on retiring after the 2013 race, but the father and son never finished because of that year’s finish line bombing.
Bryan Lyons, a dentist, took over pushing Rick starting in 2015 until his unexpected death in June 2020 at age 50. Dick served as Grand Marshal of the 2015 race in recognition of his accomplishments.
In 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a benefit run for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed. They finished next to last, but that was just the start. They participated in more than 1,000 races, including duathlons and triathlons, and in 1992 even completed a run and bike across the U.S., covering 3,735 miles (6,010 kilometers) in 45 days, according to the Team Hoyt website. Dick retired in 1995 as a Lt. Colonel from the Air National Guard, after serving his country for 37 years.
Dick Hoyt Age
He died on March 17, 2021. He was 80 years old.
Dick Hoyt Wife
Dick Hoyt was married to Judy Hoyt. They have three sons, Russ Hoyt, Rob Hoyt, and Rick Hoyt.
Dick Hoyt Death
Dick Hoyt passed away in his sleep at his home in Holland, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at age 80, his son, Russ Hoyt, told The Associated Press. Russ Hoyt said, “He had an ongoing heart condition that he had been struggling with for years and it just got the better of him.”
The Boston Athletic Association, which runs the marathon, said in a statement: “The B.A.A. is tremendously saddened to learn of the passing of Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt. Dick personified what it meant to a be a Boston Marathoner, showing determination, passion, and love every Patriots Day for more than three decades. 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.”
“As a leader of Team Hoyt, Dick Hoyt and his son Rick quickly became Boston Marathon legends after their first run in 1980. Pushing Rick in a custom racing chair, Dick and Rick completed 32 Boston Marathons together, including a final finish in 2014. The pair’s bond and presence throughout the course became synonymous with the Boston Marathon. Team Hoyt’s 1,000th race together came at the 2009 Boston Marathon, and in 2015 Dick served as Grand Marshal of the race in recognition of his impact on the event and Para Athlete community.
“Dick Hoyt was one-of-a-kind. We will sincerely miss Dick, and are keeping his many family and friends in our thoughts and prayers.”
Dick Hoyt Cause of Death
He died of a heart condition.