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Legendary Athlete Rick Hoyt Dead at 61

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It is with profound sadness that the Hoyt Family announce the passing of our beloved brother and uncle, Rick Hoyt this morning.

Rick was 61-years-old. He passed away due to complications with his respiratory system. As so many knew, Rick along with our father, Dick, were icons in the road race and triathlon worlds for over 40 years and inspired millions of people with disabilities to believe in themselves, set goals and accomplish extraordinary things. Rick was also a pioneer in education. His mother, Judy Hoyt, changed the laws allowing her son to be educated alongside his non-disabled peers. His family is heartbroken and requests time to grieve and will share details as they become available.

>> RELATED: Team Hoyt presents their inspiring story to Marathon Students

As for the previously planned Dick Hoyt Memorial “Yes You Can” Road Race scheduled for 10:00 am this coming Saturday, May 27th in Hopkinton, MA, we will be making a decision on whether that will still happen on Saturday or be postponed until a later date.

More information: Contact The Hoyt Family

A statement from the Boston Athletic Association:

The Boston Athletic Association extends heartfelt condolences to the Hoyt family on the passing of Rick Hoyt, 36-time Boston marathon finisher and iconic member of Team Hoyt.

The B.A.A. wishes to share the following statement in memory of Rick:

Rick Hoyt will always be remembered as a Boston Marathon icon and for personifying the “Yes You Can” mentality that defined Team Hoyt. We are fortunate to have been able to call Rick a friend, mentor, pioneer, and Boston Marathon finisher. His legacy will live on through the Rick & Dick Hoyt Award, which is presented each April around the Boston Marathon to someone who exhibits the spirit of Team Hoyt through advocacy and inclusion. 

Our thoughts go out to the Hoyt family, Rick’s many friends, and all who were touched by his positivity. 

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  1. I’ll never forget how much in awe I was of Team Hoyt. I competed in the Timberman 1/2 Iron back in 2005 and they passed me like the wind. What a great family and dad and son are together again.

  2. Both Dick & Rick Hoyt were very gracious to my girls when they were younger. They were so excited that they got to meet them. My sincere condolences to the family. I hope that there is some peace knowing that father and son have been reunited.


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