Saturday, June 18, 2011


Dick Hoyt wanted to make sure his invalid son had every opportunity for a full life.  When Rick, his son, asked "Dad, would you like to run a marathon with me?"  His father responded with " yes." And together they run their first marathon. Dick wanted to set a good role model for Rick – once you set out to do something, sticks to it for whatever it takes.  They formed the incredible "Team Hoyt." Not only once, the team has participated in many races.  After all these years, here are some of their proud achievements:
§  216 Triathlons, 6 Ironman distances
§  20 Duathlons
§  65 Marathons, 25 Boston Marathons
They have also biked and ran across the USA in 1992 with a total of 3,735 miles in 45 consecutive days.  
This is the story of the unconditional love of a father for his only son.  Even when the doctors told him there was no hope, Dick never gave up.  He believed in his son and committed himself to see that his son excelled in life.  The doctors are now dead but Team Hoyt is alive and well!
This is a beautiful glimpse of the love of our Heavenly Father for us.  He will never give up on us.  He is always working out things for our good.  When our strength fails and we can go no further, He picks us up and carries us.  He will make sure we win in this race of life.  
"This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."  1 John 4:10
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