Dick Hoyt, who pushed wheelchair-bound son through 32 Boston Marathons, dies at 80

Dick and Rick Hoyt at the 2006 Boston Marathon
Dick and Rick Hoyt at the 2006 Boston Marathon Photo credit Rick Cinclair/Telegram & Gazette via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Team Hoyt is the incredible story of a father and son.

Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, through 32 Boston Marathons in a custom-made racing wheelchair.

Together, they were known as Team Hoyt.

Unfortunately, Dick passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Massachusetts home earlier this week, as confirmed by another of his sons, Russ.

Team Hoyt competed in more than 1,000 total races according to Yahoo!, including six Ironman Triathlons. Dick would use a rope attached to his body to pull Rick in a boat during the 2.4 mile swimming portion.

The Boston athletic community mourned the passing of Dick Hoyt, including the Boston Athletic Association who said Dick was "not only a fan-favorite who inspired thousands, but also a loyal friend and father who took pride in spending quality time with his son Rick."

According to Russ, Dick had an ongoing heart condition that "just got the better of him." He and brother, Rob, told the news to Rick.