Charity And Courage With Team Hoyt In Boston

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 10, 2011
Runners from the Hoyt Foundation at the start of this year's Boston Marathon. Photo: Team Hoyt

Runners from the Hoyt Foundation at the start of this year's Boston Marathon. Photo: Team Hoyt

A massage therapist saves the day for Rick and Dick Hoyt.

The famous father-son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt have been running together for the past 35 years. They have become a legendary fixture at marathons throughout the world where Dick, Rick’s 70-year-old father, has lovingly pushed his disabled son tens of thousands of miles.

At this year’s Boston Marathon, near the 15-mile mark, Dick struggled like never before. He was hobbling down the street with a hamstring injury; the crowd encouraged the duo to keep going.

Luckily, they passed Dale Radford, a runner who was himself having a tough day and had started to walk. Radford happens to be a massage therapist who works with senior athletes. He saw Dick struggling and kindly offered his services. For the next 11 miles, Radford performed “emergency medicine” on Dick’s tightening hamstring.

With the crowd cheering them on, the three racers crossed the finish line together.

During the race, Dick and Rick were also supported by two of the 22 charity runners from the Hoyt Foundation who had come to Boston to take part in the race. These runners had raised $125,000 for charities such as Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Easter Seals of Massachusetts, and local camps for the disabled.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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