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    Worlds strongest dad (must read)

    watch this vid after you've read it

    Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in
    marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a
    wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and
    pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same

    Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back
    mountain climbing. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame,

    And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.

    This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick
    was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him
    brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

    ``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told
    him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an

    But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes
    followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the
    engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was
    anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,'' Dick says he was
    told. "There's nothing going on in his brain.''

    "Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered. They did. Rick laughed. Turns out
    a lot was going on in his brain. Rigged up with a computer that allowed
    him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his
    head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? "Go Bruins!''
    And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the
    school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want
    to do that.''

    Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran
    more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still,
    he tried. "Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. "I was sore for
    two weeks.''

    That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were
    running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

    And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving
    Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly
    shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.
    "No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite
    a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a
    few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then
    they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran
    another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the
    following year.

    Then somebody said, "Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

    How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since
    he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still,
    Dick tried.

    Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour
    Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud
    getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you

    Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says.
    Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick
    with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

    This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston
    Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their
    best time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world
    record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens
    to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at
    the time.

    ``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.''

    And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had
    a mild heart attack arteries was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in
    such great shape,'' one doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15
    years ago.''

    So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life.

    Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in
    Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass.,
    always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and
    compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this
    Father's Day.

    That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really
    wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. `The thing I'd most like,''
    Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''

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    Fantastic story, but damn you for posting this where any poor, unsuspecting, PMSing woman could find this - and me with no Kleenex at my desk!
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    That is truly an amazing. It's inspirational.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcgirlrider
    Fantastic story, but damn you for posting this where any poor, unsuspecting, PMSing woman could find this - and me with no Kleenex at my desk!
    I am guy and don't even have PMS and I think ummm......i need a kleenex (sniffles)
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    I watched Ironman all day yesterday, which is very inspirational. This guy takes it to another level completely.

    Running a 2 hour 40 minute marathon at age 51 while pushing a wheelchair is simply unbelievable. What could he have done at age 30?

    Pass the kleenex.

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    bro, do you even ride in a straight line? #1 asshole
    that shit is just awesome.....we need more ppl like him in the world. I got shivers watchin the thing...although the song choice coudl have been a bitt
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    That is amazing. I work in a group home with mental challenged adults and it is amazing the level that they can understand and the abilities that they have, and unfortunantly all the world sees sometimes is "a retard in a wheelchair" That father and son team has my upmost respect!
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    I haven't seen something that amazing in a long time. The has to be one of the most devoted fathers out there. To do so much just to make your kid feel normal. If only there where more people in the world like him.
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    wow i just watched this, very beautiful, and inspiring. fok someone pass the kleenex, i have something in my eye

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    all I can say is Wow! that was absolutly amazing!

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    Holy crap. That is so awe-inspiring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpideRider
    Holy crap. That is so awe-inspiring.
    It sure is. I can think of a few families I know with severely disabled children that would enjoy/relate to this. Thanks for putting that up sonosammy.

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    fuck you and your inspirational shit

    wheres that fucking kleenex....god dammit

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    Did you see the part when he's running up the beach with his son in his arms? I wonder how many times he's hit his son's head on stuff? The hits can't be helping him any...

    Still a great story. I bet the dad must have a huge chiropractor's bill.
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