I don’t want to see him lying on that street…

“Over the past 33 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed, pulled and carried his disabled son, Rick, through more than 1,000 road races and triathlons, including 28 Boston Marathons. But as time bears down on them, how much longer can they keep it up?”

I told him, that’s it, Dick, enough. You’ve done enough. Cripes, time to pack it in!  That’s one of his buddies, Pat Forrest.

His body’s breaking down. The last couple of Boston Marathons, I didn’t think he would finish. He can’t go through every barrier. He’s walking the fine line between gutsy and foolish. That’s the director of the Boston Marathon, Dave McGillivray.

I don’t think either of them will make the choice in the end. An outside force will make it. That’s the Hoyts’ masseuse, Roseanne Longo.

Half the family thinks he’s crazy. Dick’s sister Arlene.

I don’t go to races anymore. I don’t want to be there the day it all ends. I don’t want to see him lying on that street. Another sister, Barbara.”

Watch the short video clip below.  Better yet, skip the video and read the entire Sports Illustrated article The Wheels of Life.  It’s long but very worthy. If this doesn’t get you going this morning, I’m not sure what will.

Story Credit: Thank you Ed O for sharing.

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  1. I promise to get going this morning – as soon as I stop crying and blow my nose. What an incredibly story. Wow..have a good day David..


  2. A colleague shared this story with me a year ago. It moved me then and it moves me now. Amazing dedication, commitment and love here. Have a good day Mimi


  3. I, too, am fumbling for the tissues. I saw a story on this incredible duo a year or so ago as well–gave me a lump in my throat then as now. Thx David–Reminds me how very blessed I am….


  4. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I too like others am full of emotions. If these two can do what they did for over 30 years and with a disability, who am I to say I can’t do what appears difficult. I can I can I know I can.



  5. lkanigan says:

    Have seen all the video versions of this story but never the SI article which was awesome. After reading the article it makes the video even more powerful knowing all that they have gone through.


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