“Keep your dream in front of you. Never let it go regardless of how far-fetched it might seem.”
I am constantly inspired but so many athletes in the world today. Those who run marathons and triathlons especially. But none inspires me more than those individuals with disabilities.
I recently watched the Boston marathon and couldn’t believe it when I saw an older man pushing his son in a specialized wheelchair. The announcer continues to say that this duo, Dick and Rick Hoyt have been running and competing for 30 years in over 1000 events including Ironman’s. And at the age of 70 and 50, they are still kicking butt.
Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy told his father after learning about a race in Massachusetts to honor a college student who was paralyzed in a car accident, that he wanted to show that life goes on and enter the race. And so Dick agreed to push his son in the 5-mile race. Since then they have been racing in all types of events but his favorite and the one race he will continue to do until he retires, is the Boston marathon, his favorite, with Dick pushing his son 26.2 miles.
This is something that they continue to do together because they can. Rick loves it and as he even stated, “When I’m running it feels like I’m not handicapped.”
When I see individuals out there, beating the odds and doing things that are a challenge, it really inspires me to be a better person and appreciate life. These people are running marathons and triathlons with handicaps that make it harder for them, but they still do it. Nothing stops them. Even the double amputees who finish Ironman events. It takes them longer, it’s harder, they need specialized equipment, but they continue to race.
You have to wonder how do they do it. It’s the passion, the motivation, and the dream. To say nothing can stop me, not even a missing arm or leg. Those are the people who deserve a standing ovation.
So if you think that you can’t run a marathon, a triathlon, a 5k or even a mile… think about these individuals, and I bet you are thinking twice about signing up for that local 5k.