Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt has died at age 80

Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt died Wednesday morning at age 80, according to his son, Russ Hoyt. He passed peacefully in his sleep due to heart failure, his son said.

Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, became Boston Marathon legends after their first run in 1980, during which the dad pushed Rick in a custom racing chair, according to the Boston Athletic Association.
The two completed a total of 32 Boston Marathons together, including a final finish in 2014, the association added.
      Dick Hoyt poses for a photo beside his son and running team partner Rick, 对, during media activities in Boston on  April 17, 2015

      Dick personified what it meant to a be a Boston Marathoner, showing determination, passion, and love every PatriotsDay for more than three decades,” the association said in 一份声明.
        He 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 while running from Hopkinton to Boston,” 它添加了.
          Following news of his passing, tributes poured in from athletes, sports teams, 记者, government leaders and other officials.
          Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker 说过 Hoyt wasan iconic part of the Boston Marathon for decades.
          Dick epitomized what it means to be Boston Strong and inspired so many along the way,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh 在推特上. “Boston will always miss you. 安息, my friend.
          Team Hoyt has for decades been ashining example of determination and spirit,” the Boston Bruins said in another post.
          The verified Twitter account for the Ironman Triathlon they were introduced to the father-son team in 1988 at the Ironman World Championship.
          Dick Hoyt and his son, Rick, cross the lava desert during the cycling event of the 27th Iron Man competition in Kailua-Kona, 夏威夷, on October18, 2003.

          While they didn’t finish that first year further history would be made the very next year,” 他们 写. Using an inflatable boat attached to a bungee pulled by Dick, a bike with a seat on the handlebars for Rick, & a custom-made jogger for Rick to sit in, the pair etched Team Hoyt into the history books finishing the 140.6-mile IRONMAN triathlon & redefining what’s possible.
          Through the duo’s participation in not just Ironman events but other competitions as well, more Special Teams are engaged and celebrated in sporting events globally than ever before, the triathlon team said.
            While our hearts are broken for this loss, his accomplishments alongside Rick are ones that will remain at the core of IRONMAN,” 他们说.
            We will miss you, Dick.

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