Good luck to all the runners in Boston today! #BostonStrong
Eight years ago my husband ran the Boston Marathon.
It is an enormous accomplishment to qualify and run in this marathon. On a regular year it is a grueling and emotional race to watch.This year is special and there are so many heroes to thank for the courage they displayed one year ago. In every tragic event the stories of heroes are what rise to the surface and give us all hope in the kindness of strangers.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” – Fred Rogers
There is a hero in all of us, all it takes is heart and compassion for others. Yet the power of being a hero can have an extraordinary effect not just on the individual you are helping, but on those that hear your story.
This is the last year that Team Hoyt will be running the race as a father son duo. I heard about Team Hoyt for the first time shortly before Eddie ran the marathon in 2006 and was so happy I was able to witness their run first hand. Dick is now 73, Rick is 52, last year was to be their final year of racing together after almost 37 years but they were stopped by the bombing at mile 23. They are back for their final race in honour of those who sacrificed last year. Their story will bring you to tears at the selflessness of a father who who was not a runner and what he has done for his son born a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Incorporating Rick into all of their family activities and making Rick feel alive and able bodied. To Rick, his Dad is his hero.
Team Hoyt: Boston Marathon 2006
Josh Misner wrote a great piece about Team Hoyt on The Good Men Project and said, “Dick and Rick Hoyt, you have inspired a new generation of fatherhood. Let us never forget your example, and let us always watch for ways where we, too, can make sacrifices for our children; to show our love for our families by example, in at least a fraction of the magnificence you have shown us over the years.”. Read it, but don’t forget your Kleenex.
Inspiration is everywhere and nowhere more so today, than in Boston. Congrats runners.