July 28, 2008
A Father's Love
The race the father and son are participating in this video is one of the toughest and most grueling that exist -- an Ironman Triathlon -- 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon.
The story of Dick and Roy Hoyt is inspirational to say the least. They have been racing various events, including the Boston Marathon, for almost three decades -- nearly 1,000 marathons and triathlons over the course of 28 years.
It was recommended by doctors that Rick, who has had cerebral palsy since birth, be institutionalized. His parents refused and has since gone on to graduate public high school, earn a degree from Boston College, later helping Boston College develop a computer system, called "Eagle Eyes" that helps people like himself communicate through eye movements.