Rick was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. As a result of oxygen deprivation to Rick’s brain at the time of his birth, Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Dick and Judy were advised to institutionalize Rick because there was no chance of him recovering, and little hope for Rick to live a “normal” life.
One day Rick asked his father, “Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?” Dick, despite having a heart condition, said, “Yes”.
They went on to complete the marathon together.
Dick and Rick biked and ran across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days
All in the name of Love.