BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dick Hoyt, a Boston Marathon legend, reportedly died Wednesday at 80 years old.
The Hoyt family made a name for themselves when Rick and Dick Hoyt started running the Boston Marathon together.
Dick Hoyt pushed his son Rick, 59, who was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, via wheelchair starting in 1977.
Team Hoyt did their first Boston Marathon together in 1981 and then became world travelers; completing over 70 marathons and more than 250 triathlons.
The duo are past recipients of ESPN's Jimmy V Award for inspiration and perseverance.
Dick was a North Reading native and retired as a full-time racer in 2014.
He died in his sleep and was allegedly dealing with health issues.