Meet Rick Hoyt & Dick Hoyt The Story of Team Hoyt

Team Hoyt Coeur d'Alene is one of 9 teams across the country created in the shadow of the famed duo Team Hoyt. Their "Yes You Can!" motto is now here in North Idaho. Discover the inspiring story below or watch the following short documentary to learn more!

It All Started in 1962, Rick Hoyt Was Born

In 1962, Dick and Judy Hoyt gave birth to their son, Rick Hoyt. During child birth, Rick’s umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, cutting off the supply of oxygen to his brain. He was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy.

The doctors advised Dick and Judy to institutionalize Rick because he was never going to be anything other than “a vegetable.” Dick and Judy refused and brought Rick home, to raise him like any other child.

In The Spring of 1977, Rick Showed Interest in Racing

Rick told Dick that he wanted to compete in a 5-mile running road race to help raise money for a high school lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in a recent accident.

Dick, a non-runner at that time, pushed Rick for the full 5 miles. They finished next to last, but not 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.

The Assimilation of Team Hoyt, Following a Dream

Since that fateful day in 1977, Dick and Rick, becoming known as “Team Hoyt,” has finished 255 triathlons (6 being Ironman distance and 7 being Half Ironman distance), 22 duathlons, 72 marathons (32 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, California to Boston Harbor in 45 consecutive days. Team Hoyt has competed in, and finished, more than 1,100 events.

Dick Hoyt & Rick Hoyt continue to do shorter distance races these days, though neither Dick nor Rick are ready for their retirement just yet!


Though Team Hoyt's participation going forth may be limited to shorter races, Team Hoyt's legacy and impact continues to go on! To start, Team Hoyt Coeur d'Alene is one of 11 Team Hoyts across the country. We are all on a mission to provide inclusiveness and have fun racing, together! 

Its with the help and support of our friends, family and community that we are able to continue the Team Hoyt legacy and the mission of YES YOU CAN! to North Idaho and the Coeur d'Alene area. Thank you for your support!
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Formed in 1989, The Hoyt Foundation, Inc is a non-profit organization formed to aspire and build individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of disabled young people of America through inclusion in all facets of daily life; such as family and community activities, especially sports, at home, in the workplace and in schools. 

We encourage you to visit the official Team Hoyt website to learn more about Dick Hoyt & Rick Hoyt's journey together.
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