BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Aug 13, 2013
YES YOU CAN… and I will!! Last July so many of my friends and family supported me in my Lake Placid Ironman Mission for Team Hoyt. The generosity was overwhelming and I was able to raise over $5000 for Team Hoyt adding meaning to my first Ironman finish line. After that I thought ‘what next’? Another Ironman? Yes, BUT… not quite yet. I recognized that I needed a mental break and a change of pace and scenery, so on AUGUST 13-15 I will be running the 4th Annual TransRockies RUN3; a 3-day/stage, 58-mile, trail running race in the Colorado Rockies! I am on pace for race day, spending lots of time out running on the beautiful wooded trails of Wissahickon in PA. I have even started naming the chipmunks I seem to be spending more time with than my husband lately (Jamie, you are much cuter than them!!). Momentum is building but I need my momentum to MEAN something. Once again, I am humbly asking you to help me help Team Hoyt.
ABOUT TEAM HOYT… Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt. 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. They ignored this advice. In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped." This was just the beginning of what would become over 1,000 races completed, including marathons, duathlons and triathlons (6 of them being Ironman competitions). In a triathlon, Dick will pull Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest around his waist and to the front of the boat for the swimming stage. For the biking stage, Rick will ride a special two-seater bicycle, and then Dick will push Rick in his custom made running chair (for the running stage). Rick was once asked, if he could give his father one thing, what would it be? Rick responded, "The thing I'd most like is for my dad to sit in the chair and I would push him for once."
THE HOYT FOUNDATION… The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. (EI #22-2940515) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1989. The Hoyt Foundation aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of America's disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life; including in family and community activities, especially sports, at home, in schools, and in the workplace. The Foundation also provides advice and support to groups and individuals who share this mission.
HOW YOU CAN HELP… please offer a donation to support my efforts in raising awareness and funds for The Hoyt Foundation. I will dedicate every step I take during my training and my race to helping people that believe they can't, realize they CAN!!
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