Transcript for Team Hoyt's Inspirational Push to the Finish Line
In our Father's Day spotlight the iron -- bond between one father and son. This is a story about turning adversity into advantage about a father wants out of shape and overweight and a son once written off this hopelessly brain damaged. On this Father's Day as they do nearly every weekend they are out competing in a race. In the tone to trim fast didn't fit world of -- and triathlon -- Dick and Rick Hoyt are unlikely champions. Rick this son has never walked -- the father had never run so much as a mile for the first forty years of his life. Together in the last 25 years they have run 85 marathons. This story starts in 1962. When -- -- was nearly strangled by his umbilical cord during childbirth. Damaging his brain the doctors told his parents they should put him in an institution. We cried. But we talked and we said no we're not gonna put Rick away gonna bring -- home and bring them up like any other child. As Rick grew his parents said they could tell by the look in his eyes that he was Smart at age twelve they hooked him up to a computer he used it to talk -- joke. And hasn't stopped. I -- no different than anyone else other than the fact that I will not speech who has a boat race and you don't ever had to tell me who shot -- involved. In 1977 Rick asked his father if they can participate in a five mile charity race for a local student who recently been paralyzed. Even though Dick -- was badly out of shape he and recommended stiff finish the race. We get home that night Rick -- on his computer -- when -- mind feels like my disability disappears. So that was a very powerful message to me. Powerful enough to propel him through those 85 marathons. Plus 212. Triathlon. We're Dick not only pushes his son on foot but also pedals would wreck on a bike and -- him through the water on a raft. They've also completed or fifteen -- Iron Man competition. I'm amazed PSE and -- going -- the past than now when I'm sixty years old and when I was eighteen -- -- Today as they participated in a Father's Day triathlon there was no -- of stopping. I think the level of love just raises the options of athletic ability to -- almost superhuman. Level that would validate. I think that direct case you know really made me fulfill my life. The -- We just having a great sending -- When you ask his son what's the first thing he would do if he was cured of his disability. He says he probably put his father in a wheelchair. And push him. Turns -- dedication to his son may have saved equates life. After a mild heart attack two years ago doctors told -- father that if it weren't for all that exercise he might have died -- years ago.
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