Team Hoyt to Speak at Cattle Industry Event

Dick Hoyt, one half of the inspiring Team Hoyt racing duo, will speak at the annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame (CFHOF) banquet on Tuesday, July 12. If you aren’t familiar with Team Hoyt, be ready for an amazing story.

In 1977, then 15-year-old Rick Hoyt, paralyzed at birth due to oxygen deprivation, told his dad he wanted to run in a 5-mile race for a lacrosse player who had been paralyzed. Not a runner, Dick accepted the challenge anyway, pushing Rick through the entire race. That five-mile race was just the beginning, as the team went on to compete in thousands of races, duathlons, triathlons and marathons. What kept Dick going? His son’s statement: “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”  

“We’re honored Dick is able to come and share the Team Hoyt vision and experience with us,” said Jim Miles, fed cattle marketing director for Merck Animal Health (founding sponsor of CFHOF). “Dick Hoyt will tell his story of perseverance and overcoming adversity, which is something that anyone in the cattle business can appreciate."

While Dick retired in 2014 after those thousands of races, including 32 Boston Marathons and six Ironman competitions, Team Hoyt continues to be a force in races around the country with a new partner for Rick, family friend Bryan Lyons. Dick and The Hoyt Foundation are focusing on their work of promoting programs that build self-confidence and self-esteem in America’s disabled young people.

Click here to watch a video about Team Hoyt’s journey through the years. If you’re interested in hearing Team Hoyt speak at the CFHOF banquet, click here to purchase a ticket.