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A father does a triathlon with ... well watch:

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Claudette (not verified)

That is incredible.

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The weblink to the family

The weblink to the family's story is

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Ed (not verified)

But was he doing it more for himself than the kid?

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nycc member (not verified)

"hey Ed, give us a break ,thank god all of us are not like you ,stop playing the"" me"" card & begin to think about someone besides yourself ."

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John Z (not verified)
Right On!

When I viewed this video, I scrolled through 274 100% positive comments about this father/son effort.

Ed, you have even managed to usurp the BMW ad post as this year's most insensitive.

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Ed (not verified)

Just seemed a lot to put the kid through, hope he wanted to.

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Marcella (not verified)

"""The kid"" is a smart, communicative adult and yes, he loves it. This is not a new story; you tube just makes it more well known."

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mike p (not verified)
self promotion

I'm with ed, self promotion, racing , being out in the sun and weather is not fun and comfortable.

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chris (not verified)
1m + hits

From 10:45 to 11:27 pm this went from 997,285 view to 1,015,753. Wow.

I, sarcastically, agree with ed's comments: I think the dad was just doing it for self promotional video -- hoping to sell a book and film right to the story.

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Marcella (not verified)

I first saw this story about 15 years ago, when the son was very young, and I was happy to see how he has grown up so beautifully. I am still moved to tears by what his father does with and for him. There have already been movies and books and TV spots, but the pair will not stop. While the media may have changed, the message is consistent: one of the greatest love stories ever, on earth, end of story.

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Sebastian Siedler (not verified)

The Hoyt family is a fantastic history.

They have been running marathons (Boston a lot) and Triathlon for over a decade.

They are a major inspiration.

It is good to see that new people are discovering and learning about them.

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DEC (not verified)
Team Hoyt

I met the Hoyt's at the Timberman Half-Iron in New Hampshire back in 2003. An unbelievable inspiration for a first time triathlete. The message is overwhelming! Not a dry eye during their presentation.

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JP (not verified)
ed, mike p

ed, mike p.,


If you can manage some time from pulling the wings off flies or pulling other things (nudge nudge:-), and read some background, you would know that Rick, the son, thrives on the races. Racing makes him feel as if he is not handicapped. If you have trouble reading, just look at the expression on his face.

The son, BTW, lives near, has a B.S. from and works at Boston U.

Ok, back to the flies guys. Or will you make at least a small inroad into this amazing story??


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mike p (not verified)
your correct

i checked with some people that know the story, it seems the son really likes the races and looks forward to it, that all i was concerned about.
so i admit i was premature, i didn't check it out.

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Richard P. (not verified)

just check out this video:

it says it all. The son communicated to his dad when he was 15 that he wanted to participate in a run because it made him feel like he wasn't handicapped. wow...

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don montalvo (not verified)
rick is smart...


Rick reflected on the transformation process for me, using his now-familiar but ever-painstaking technique of picking out letters of the alphabet:

""What I mean when I say I feel like I am not handicapped when competing is that I am just like the other athletes, and I think most of the athletes feel the same way. In the beginning nobody would come up to me. However, after a few races some athletes came around and they began to talk to me. During the early days one runner, Pete Wisnewski had a bet with me at every race on who would beat who. The loser had to hang the winner’s number in his bedroom until the next race. Now many athletes will come up to me before the race or triathlon to wish me luck.""

And the business of inspiring evidently works as a two-way street. Rick typed out this testimony:

""Dad is one of my role models. Once he sets out to do something, Dad sticks to it whatever it is, until it is done. For example once we decided to really get into triathlons, dad worked out, up to five hours a day, five times a week, even when he was working.""

Rick too has taken full note of their effect on fellow-competitors while racing:

""Whenever we are passed (usually on the bike) the athlete will say ""Go for it!"" or ""Rick, help your Dad!"" When we pass people (usually on the run) they’ll say ""Go Team Hoyt!"" or ""If not for you, we would not be out here doing this."""

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