Chuck Wagner via Crowdrise
November 13, 2013
BENEFITING: HOYT FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HOYT FOUNDATION
EVENT: Boston Marathon 2014
EVENT DATE: Apr 21, 2014
On April 21st, 2014, I will be running the 118th Boston Marathon as a Special Entry Charity selected runner for Team Hoyt, representing the Hoyt Foundation Inc. Due to the tragic events that transpired on 4/15/13 at the Boston Marathon, I did not finish the race. I later received notification from the BAA that I’d met the criteria of special entry to return to run Boston in 2014 as I finished the Half Marathon point on the course but did not cross the finish line officially. In light of the tragedy that struck Boston and all of us as Americans; I’m humbled to accept entry to return to Boston with my family and run this historic race to remember and honor those affected by this tragedy. As President Obama said in his marathon bombings, "In the words of Dick Hoyt, who has pushed his disabled son Rick in 31 Boston marathons, we can't let something like this stop us.This doesn't stop us".
I will be running alongside my marathon team and my heroes our inspirational father (Dick age 72) and son (Rick age 50) duo that is returning to run Boston for one last race in 2014 to honor the victims of the marathon bombings.They have completed over a 1,000 races together competing in year-round distance runs and triathlons raising awareness for people with special disabilities.
Please join me in supporting Team Hoyt's message of, Yes You Can!, by clicking on the DONATE BUTTON at the TOP RIGHT section of the page to make a contribution today. The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donation gifts are FULLY Tax Deductible.
The Road to Boston 2014
The past year has been very emotional for me and my family. My family was sitting in the grandstands watching the marathon runners, cheering for Team Hoyt and waiting for me to finish when their cheers suddenly turned to … BOOM!...BOOM!...screams and utter chaos broke out on Bolyston Street near the finish line. Thankfully my Father was able to secure my family and teammates family to safety after the second bomb had gone off. They were 50 feet away from the first explosion.
Out on the race course we had no idea what was going on near the finish line. When we started to catch word of what had happened our teammates were in shock and disbelief. It was difficult to fully process at the time and our immediate concerns turned to our families and all of those affected by the bombings. When I was finally reunited with my family in our hotel lobby, we hugged and we cried. The events that day have brought my family much closer than ever before. It also made being a part of special group like Team Hoyt seem more than a team, rather a family of runners who all love to be inspired and care so much for each other.
4/15/13 was an awful day for the city of Boston and for all Americans. This terrible tragedy made my heart ache for the City of Boston. Being a member of Team Hoyt and running this race, I've understood it's not about finish times or medals. It is about the people beside you; it's helping a teammate, sticking together to help to lend a helping hand and embracing each other when you are reunited with your loved ones given the tragic events that day. Boston is a city about history, love, admiration for runners and honoring Patriots Day. Instead of it being a day of celebration, it was a day of mourning.
I'm thankful my family, my teammates, their families, and myself were all safe and not harmed. Thank You all for your posts, texts, calls, thoughts, prayers and kind messages following the events in Boston. My family and I greatly appreciate your love and support. I was running the race as a tribute to my friend Leo Martin who had passed away in February 2013; I know he was with me on race day looking down on us, keeping us out of harm’s way.
Boston is Strong. Boston is Resilient. America is strong. Americans are Resilient. Staying in Boston the days following the marathon allowed my family and I to mourn, reflect and be united with the people of Boston. The Bruins hockey game we attended and moments from that experience showed what it means to stand together united as one, as Americans. We will never forget. We will always remember. We will always Run to honor the tragic events and victims, their families, first responders and civilians.
Please Help Support & Donate
I am fortunate to be joining Team Hoyt for a 4th consecutive year as a member of their 32nd Boston Marathon Team! The past few years with the Hoyt's has truly been an experience of a lifetime and I'd like to say THANK YOU to all my generous donors; family, friends, colleagues, and other anonymous donors who helped me raise an AMAZING final total last year of $10,031 dollars!! This eclipsed my 2012 fundraising total of $8,007 dollars. Thank you for supporting me and the Hoyt Foundation! All of your contributions have allowed my dream of running, fundraising, and a member of Team Hoyt come true. Through your generosity and support you have helped fundraise over $25,000 dollars directly benefiting the Hoyt Foundation Inc.
My personal commitment as a runner for Team Hoyt is $5,000 dollars for the 2014 Boston Marathon. Please help join me in sharing this once in a lifetime experience as I embark on an incredible journey from San Diego to Boston for the 2014 Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt. Please help the Hoyt Foundation continue to inspire and enable people with physical disabilities to be active in the community by making a contribution using this fundraising page. Donations for this cause of any amount are greatly appreciated and every dollar truly counts. Donation gifts are FULLY Tax Deductible.
Donations can be made two ways: You can donate through this secure web page by hitting the “Donate” button at the top of this page and follow the instructions accordingly. The other way is to send a Check made payable to The Hoyt Foundation Inc and mail to my attention: Chuck Wagner, 1024 Oliver Ave., San Diego, CA 92109.The Hoyt Foundation, Inc., is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
For more information on the Hoyt Foundation, please read below.
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.
Since that fateful day in 1977, Team Hoyt has finished 255 triathlons (6 being Ironman distance and 7 being Half Ironman distance), 22 duathlons, 71 marathons (31 being the Boston Marathon), 95 half marathons, 35 Falmouth 7.1 milers, and a handful of other various distance races. Team Hoyt has a marathon PR of 2:40:47 and half marathon PR of 1:21:12. Dick and Rick are also 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. As of September 15, 2013, Team Hoyt has competed in, and finished, 1,104 events.
Followoing the Boston Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in 2011, the Hoyt's received an e-mail from 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 April 8, 2013, a life-size bronze statue of Team Hoyt, commissioned by John Hancock, was unveiled on the lawn of the Center School in Hopkinton, just yards from the starting line of the Boston Marathon. The statue was unveiled in a 30-minute dedication ceremony. When asked about the statue, Dick said, "It [doesn’t] get any better than that. To us this is the Stanley Cup, this is the World Series[.]"
Following the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Dick and Rick appeared on the Today show. It was that day that the Hoyts announced they would return to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon. "We’re definitely going to run next year, and we’re going to be stronger next year, and I know the marathon is going to be stronger next year," Dick said. Following the interview on the Today Show, Dick and Rick appeared on the "Katie" show.
Then on July 17, 2013, Dick and Rick were awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2013 ESPY Awards. The Jimmy V Award is given to those individuals in athletics who have overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. The award couldn't be more fitting, with Team Hoyt's motto being, Yes, You Can!" Dick and Rick were presented the award by Boston native Ben Affleck. As the Hoyts made their way across the stage, they were greeted with a standing ovation by the room full of high caliber athletes.
On Monday, April 21, 2014, Dick and Rick Hoyt will be running their 32nd Boston Marathon. This will be Dick and Rick's final Boston Marathon. They will be joined by a team of carefully selected athletes from Canada and across the United States to form the 2014 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 disabled 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 $30,000 to the Easter Seals of MA summer camp programs and to Children's Hospital Boston- Augmentative Communication Enhancement Program. The Foundation also makes various donations to camps for the disabled and therapuetic horseback organizations in the Massachusetts area.
This years team is again made possible by our generous sponsor, and the principal sponsor of the Boston MArathon, John Hancock.
Our team of both qualified and chairty runners have set a fundraising goal of $200,000. Please give generously as our runners train, sweat, fight through pain, 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.