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Team Hoyt 2013 Boston Marathon

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Margaret Randolph via Crowdrise
March 28, 2013

31% of the way to $5k & 18 days away from running Boston! Check out my fundraising page for info & to see how you can support my efforts!  See more
Margaret Randolph

THE STORY:

Growing up in Massachusetts, Team Hoyt’s story is well known. I remember seeing Rick and Dick race on the marathon highlights and being profoundly touched by their story. However, it wasn’t until I was confronted with the limitations of my own body that I began to understand the significance of their story on a deeper level.

In February of 2010, I tore my ACL while skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado. It was the first time in my life that my body had suffered significant injury, the kind of injury that requires surgery to repair. I recall feeling that my body had somehow failed me. Surgery ended up being the easy part. Rehabilitation was the challenge. Part of my hamstring was used to repair my knee. This left me with a significant imbalance between my right and left legs. Physical tasks I took for granted in the past were a challenge for my right leg and for the first time in my life; I felt the frustration of asking my body to do things that part of it could not deliver. After two and a half years, I can still feel a slight imbalance between my right and left sides. I have worked extremely hard to strengthen my body and am proud to say that I am in the best shape of my life, but I have not forgotten the frustration or the feelings that my body had somehow let me down.

Last year I received an email about Team Hoyt being given additional numbers for the Boston Marathon and I recalled the frustrated feelings of asking my body to do things it was unable to do. On a smaller scale, I felt I had a better understanding of how it must feel for Rick Hoyt to have the will to complete physical tasks of which his body is not capable. Again I was blown away by the love and sacrifice of Dick Hoyt to help his son complete those physical feats. Unfortunately, by the time I read the email, the deadline to apply had already passed. I resolved to apply this year, and here I am.

Please take a moment to read about the Team Hoyt and the Hoyt Foundation:

HOYT FOUNDATION wrote -

Rick Hoyt was born in 1962 to Dick and Judy Hoyt.  During child birth, Rick's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck cutting off the supply of oxygen to Rick's brian.  He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.  Doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick because he was a vegetable.  Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home.

Dick and Judy could tell that Rick could comprehend his surroundings even though the medical doctors continued to insist Rick was a vegetable.  In 1972, the Hoyts raised $5,000 through bake sales, a local dinner dance and donations from friends and family.  They paid that amount to a group of skilled engineers at Tufts University that built an "interactive computer" for Rick.  Rick was able to see the letters of the alphabet and select the ones he wanted by pressing a pad on the headrest of his wheelchair with his head, the only part of his body he can move voluntarily.  The first words Rick ever "spoke" were "Go Bruins!"  The Boston Bruins were in the Stanley Cup that year and it turned out Rick was a Bruins fan.

In the spring of 1977, Rick told his dad that he wanted to compete in a 5 mile road race to help raise money for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident.  Dick, a non-runner pushed Rick for the full 5 miles, and they finished next to last.  Later that night, Rick typed "Dad, when I'm running, it feels like I'm not handicapped."  And that is when it all started.

To date, Team Hoyt has finished 240 triathlons, 6 Ironman distance triathlons, 92 half marathons, 69 marathons, 32 Falmouth 7.1 milers, have a marathon PR of 2:40:47 and half marathon PR of 1:21:12.  They are two of only 27 total members of the Ironman Hall of Fame, carried the Olympic torch in 1996 and in 1992 they ran and rode a bike from Santa Monica, CA to Boston Harbor in 45 consecutive days.

Last August, the Hoyt's received an e-mail from Boston Bruins' defenseman Andrew Ference that read, "I wanted to let you know that the Boston Bruins watched and were inspired by your video prior to our Stanley Cup victory.  It would be my honor to meet you and have you join me in Boston during my day with the Stanley Cup."  And they did.

On Monday, April 15, 2013, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 31st Boston Marathon.  They will be joined by a team of 30 carefully selected athletes from Canada and across the United States to form the 2013 Team Hoyt Boston Marathon Team.  The team will be runningt to raise money for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc., an IRS 501(c)(3) charity whose purpose is help integrate handicapped people into everyday activities so they may live fruitful and productive lives.

None of the funds raised go to administration of the Hoyt Foundation as it is 100% run by volunteers.  The Hoyt Foundation gives gifts each year of $25,000 to the Easter Seals of MA.  summer camp programs, to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program,  and to the Elm Hill Center in Brookfield, MA. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapuetic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.

This years team is made possible by our generous sponsor and principal sponsor of the Boston MArathon, John Hancock.  

Our team of both qualified and chairty runners have set a fundraising goal of $125,000.  Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, hurt and raise funds for the Hoyt Foundation, Inc.  The Hoyt Foundation, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) charity.  Checks can be made payable to the Hoyt Foundation, Inc. and mailed to 241 Mashapaug Road, Holland, Massachusetts 01521.

$6,117

MONEY RAISED
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  • ac

    $20

  • Mary Stromberg

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Tonia Seidl

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $10

  • Molly Simons

    $25

  • Erica Escalante

    $40

  • Qi Denver - Ryders New Year's Day Class

    $50

  • Joe Collins

    $25

  • Qi Denver (Dawnelle Arthur)

    $600

  • Ashley's Barre Class

    $30

  • Ken Bickford

    $200

  • Kathy Randolph

    $100

  • annie

    $50

  • Deborah Beebe

    $25

  • Sarah Froio West

    $100

  • Karen Hull

    $50

  • Sandra Zucco

    $100

  • Emily & Aine DeCaro

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Robert and Jan Randolph

    $500

  • Kacey Comstock

    $25

  • Katherine Provost

    $50

  • Sharon Madison

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Meaghan Morrison

    $25

  • Harmony Cummings

    $25

  • Bethanny Crouse

    $20

  • Lululemon Cherry Creek

    $100

  • Madeline Berky

    $50

  • Team V-C

    $100

  • Jessica Martinez-Milligan

    $50

  • Amanda Kneese

    $50

  • Jen Johnson

    $50

  • Kelli Whitelaw

    $25

  • Tiffany Bailey

    $25

  • Amanda Guerrero

    $50

  • Chris & Fuad Jezzini

    $40

  • Mary Stromberg

    $100

  • Marty & Erin Plachko

    $100

  • Ramonna Robinson

    $25

  • Judy Hart

    $50

  • Julian and Leo Balerio

    $75

  • Warrior Yoga Benefit

    $336

  • Valerie Perrone

    $20

  • Watson & Patty Galleher

    $100

  • Lindsey Hansen

    $10

  • Amie Guerrero

     

  • Wanda Coulter

    $30

  • Joe Collins

    $50

  • Hinde Newton

     

  • Mike & Jess Goodman

    $50

  • Lisa M

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Bree Argetsinger

    $25

  • The Bayer Family

    $50

  • Landon Saunders

    $50

  • Natalie, chad and Charlotte magee

    $25

  • Brooke Rinehart

    $25

  • Kristin Gibbs

    $50

  • Ashley C's Barre Class

    $30

  • Betsy Brachfeld

    $20

  • David Peckham

    $20

  • Cynthia Davis

    $25

  • Bellie Alterman

    $54

  • Collin Conaway and family

    $25

  • Mike and Kimberly Melson

    $50

  • Tonia Seidl

    $20

  • Rob & Meghan Statton

    $20

  • sarah :)

    $50

  • Christen Bakken

    $20

  • Kate Marolt

    $30

  • Darren & Melissa McDowell

    $20

  • Kylie Larson

    $25

  • Erika Coletti

    $20

  • randi g.

    $100

  • Ken & Eric

    $125

  • Hilary Emmett

    $50

  • Lisa Rundall

    $125

  • Amanda Guerrero - silent auction item

    $50

  • Jenna McGraw

     

  • Meghan Statton

    $50

  • Auction- Spinosa personal training!

    $55

  • Harold Vanderpool

    $50

  • Megan Randolph

    $25

  • Deirdre

    $30

  • Bear and Olivia

    $50

  • Kelly Cleary

    $217

  • Nelda and Jim

    $100

  • Melinda , Steve and Lucy

     

  • Christy Blase

    $50

  • Liz Decker

    $50

  • Carolyn Piras

    $50

  • The Mittens

    $50

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122% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Boston Marathon News on Twitter John Hancock on Facebook Go to the 2013 Boston Marathon Event Page

The Team: $162,618 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Bryan Lyons

Amount Raised

$12,475

Fundraiser Title

Tammy Stapleton

Amount Raised

$12,176

 

122% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Meghan Cole

Amount Raised

$10,124

 

202% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Chuck Wagner

Amount Raised

$10,031

 

201% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Ian Duffy

Amount Raised

$8,565

Fundraiser Title

Heather Ekola

Amount Raised

$6,527

Fundraiser Title

Margaret Randolph

Amount Raised

$6,117

 

122% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jennifer Famiglietti

Amount Raised

$5,874

 

117% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Donor Comments

The Mittens

The Mittens

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Carolyn Piras

Carolyn Piras

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Liz Decker

Liz Decker

DONATION: $50

I hope you had a great run, Margaret! 5 years ago

Christy Blase

Christy Blase

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Melinda , Steve and Lucy

Melinda , Steve and Lucy

5 years ago

Nelda and Jim

Nelda and Jim

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Kelly Cleary

Kelly Cleary

DONATION: $217

5 years ago

Bear and Olivia

Bear and Olivia

DONATION: $50

Go Margaret!! 5 years ago

Deirdre

Deirdre

DONATION: $30

5 years ago

Megan Randolph

Megan Randolph

DONATION: $25

5 years ago