The Boston marathon community is mourning the loss of inspirational marathon runner Rick Hoyt after he passed away from heart complications at the age of 80.
The 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.
Dick passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Massachusetts home earlier this week, as confirmed by another of his sons, Russ, Yahoo! reported.
Team Hoyt competed in more than 1,000 total races, 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.
"We mourn the passing of Dick Hoyt, the official IRONMAN twitter page said in a statement on Wednesday. "In 1988, IRONMAN and its community were introduced to the trailblazing father-son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt at the IRONMAN World Championship. While they didn’t finish that first year further history would be made the very next year."
Boston Athletic Association also mourned his passing, saying 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.