INSPIRING PEOPLE: Father and son race in the Ironman (Team Hoyt)

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.

However, the son, Rick, was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, which means that entering a race together is far removed from simply running side by side.

One day, the son asked his father, ‘Dad, let’s join the Ironman together.’ To which, his father said ‘yes’ too.

For those who don’t know, the Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometers) ocean swim, followed by a 112 mile (180.2 kilometers) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometers) marathon along the coast of the Big Island .

Here is their story….

Thanks for sharing this incredibly inspiring story Team Hoyt!

Thanks to Sophie Paterson of Jenrick Commerical for introducing us to this very powerful and inspiring story of Dick and Rick Hoyt, Father and son (otherwise known as Team Hoyt) who regularly race in marathons and triathlons together and more recently have achieved the Ironman, the toughest triathlon to date.


To learn more about Team Hoyt and the ‘Hoyt Foundation’ please click on the link below to visit their website:


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Hi, I'm Tom Burkinshaw, I co-produce the Maximise Your Potential Podcast and Website and my goal is to help as many people as possible be successful in life, careers and business, by offering free coaching and mentoring through a series of unique interviews from inspiring people who all display exceptional self-belief, mental toughness and desire to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to visit Maximise Your Potential!