Boston Marathon Legend Dick Hoyt Dies At 80

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.

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Written by Edyn Jensen

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