Have you heard of Ironman? Nope, I’m not referring to the movie.
Held every fall in the US city of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, the race encompasses three endurance events: a 2.4 mile (3.86 km) ocean swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a 112 mile (180 km) bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hawi and back, and a marathon (26.2 mile, 42.2 km) along the coast of the Big Island from Keahou to Keahole Point to Kailua-Kona); finishing on Ali’i Drive. (Wikipedia.org)
Yes, of all triathlons, this race is one that tests the human spirit and endurance. Over the years, there have been amazing stories of people at the Ironman Triathlons.
A regular sighting at these races is the father and son pair, Rick and Dick Hoyt. What’s so special about them?
Rick can’t walk or talk.
For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick. (Team Hoyt.com)
Check out these two videos of the Hoyt Pair who have completed 6 Ironman Triathlons. Their personal best? A good 13hours 47 minutes of pure determination and strength.