It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Rick Hoyt, a beloved figure who touched the lives of many through his incredible journey. Rick, known for his participation in the Boston Marathon and various races alongside his father, sadly passed away at the age of 61. His family announced that his departure was due to complications with his respiratory system. Rick’s indomitable spirit and unwavering determination have left an indelible mark on the world, making him a true hero whose legacy will endure.
Rick Hoyt’s story is one that has inspired millions, especially those with disabilities, to believe in themselves and achieve extraordinary feats. Despite being quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, Rick, together with his father Dick, became renowned in the road race and triathlon communities. Their relentless pursuit of dreams shattered barriers and demonstrated that with unwavering dedication, anything is possible.
The Boston Marathon holds a special place in the hearts of Rick and Dick Hoyt, as they completed the grueling race an astonishing 32 times as a father-son duo. Their presence was as iconic as sore feet or the legendary Heartbreak Hill. Such was their impact that the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) established the prestigious Rick & Dick Hoyt Award, presented annually to individuals who exemplify the same advocacy and inclusion values that the Hoyts embodied.
The BAA, in expressing deep appreciation for Rick Hoyt, recognizes him as an icon of the Boston Marathon and a true embodiment of the “Yes You Can” mentality that defined Team Hoyt. They honor him not only as a friend, mentor, pioneer, and Boston Marathon finisher but also for the privilege of knowing such an extraordinary individual.
Beyond the Boston Marathon, Rick and Dick Hoyt conquered over 1,000 races, including duathlons and triathlons. Their remarkable determination and unwavering spirit inspired people worldwide. In a remarkable display of endurance and perseverance, they embarked on a 3,735-mile (6,010-kilometer) run and bike journey across the United States in 1992, captivating the world with their extraordinary feat. To commemorate their awe-inspiring achievements, a statue of the father and son was erected in 2013 near the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton.
Tragically, Dick Hoyt passed away in 2021, leaving behind an enduring legacy that will forever be cherished. Their extraordinary story continues to resonate and inspire millions around the globe. Dave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon and other events in which the Hoyts participated, expressed his profound disbelief at the passing of both father and son. He praised Rick for his immeasurable courage, determination, tenacity, and selflessness, acknowledging the profound impact he had on the lives of others. Rick Hoyt’s unwavering spirit encourages people to believe in themselves, set ambitious goals, and create positive change in the world.
While Rick Hoyt’s departure marks the end of an era, his legacy will endure for generations to come. The extraordinary journey he embarked upon with his father, triumphing over physical limitations and achieving unparalleled athletic feats, will continue to inspire and ignite the spirits of individuals around the world. Rick and Dick Hoyt have left an indelible mark on our world, and their profound impact will be felt for years to come.