The music is a lot “Glurgey,” but nevertheless I was kinda teary at the end of this.
A son asked his father, ‘Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?’ The father who, despite having a heart condition, said ‘Yes’. They went on to complete the marathon together.
Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying ‘Yes’ to his son’s request of going through the race together.
One day, the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’ To which, his father said ‘Yes.’
For those who didn’t know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island
Father and son went on to complete the race together. View this:
Interested in knowing more about the Hoyts? Then you might want to read this:
November 29, 1999
Web posted at: 10:11 a.m. EST (1511 GMT)
BOSTON (CNN) — When Rick Hoyt was 15, he communicated something to his father that changed both their lives. “Dad,” the mute quadriplegic wrote in his computer after his father pushed him in a wheelchair in a five-kilometer race, “I felt like I wasn’t handicapped.”
Rick, now 37, has had cerebral palsy since birth. But he has always been treated simply as one of the family, included by his now-divorced parents in almost everything brothers Rob and Russell did.
“They told us to put Rick away, in an institution, (because) he’s going to be nothing but a vegetable for the rest of his life,” his father remembers.
“We said, ‘No, we’re not going to do that. We’re going to bring Rick home and bring him up like any other child,'” says Dick Hoyt, 59, a retired lieutenant colonel with the Air National Guard. “And this is what we have done.”
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