LAWTON, Okla._To kick off the Spirit of Survival weekend in Lawton, runners and sponsors of the event heard an inspirational and motivational story.
Dick Hoyt was the keynote speaker at the "Yes You Can" luncheon. Hoyt has pushed, pulled and biked with his adult son in marathons and triathlons across the world. Hoyt's son, Rick, now in his 50s, was born with cerebral palsy, and is quadriplegic and unable to speak. The father-son duo has competed as "Team Hoyt" in more than 1,000 athletic events over the past 35 years. He says he's proud of all they've accomplished.
"It's just amazing. It's something you can do. Our message is 'Yes You Can.' There isn't anything you can't do as long as you make up your mind to do it. There is no such word as no in our vocabulary," Hoyt said.
Team Hoyt began in 1977 when Rick told his father he wanted to run in a five-mile benefit for a classmate who became paralyzed. With the help of special wheelchairs and bikes, they've been going ever since.
In 1992, Team Hoyt biked and ran across the country for 45 consecutive days, totaling almost 4,000 miles.