In honor of his late grandfather Dick Hoyt, Cameron Hoyt '16 ran this year's Boston Marathon with pride and purpose.
In his first-ever marathon, Cam proudly donned a Team Hoyt bib for The Hoyt Foundation, a non-profit organization that aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence, and self-esteem of America’s disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life.
Continuing his family’s longstanding and historic tradition, Cam chose to run Boston to understand what it took for his grandfather to push his uncle Rick Hoyt, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, through 32 Boston Marathons.
“I have always been in amazement of the true athleticism it takes to complete a marathon let alone how many my grandfather was able to complete,” Cam said. “I think that this will definitely be one of the hardest things I have done in my life, but I know that my grandfather will be watching over saying "Yes you can.”
After watching his cousin Troy compete in two Boston Marathons, Cam was ready to commit to the meaningful cause. On the 10th anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing tragedy, Cam successfully completed his first marathon while raising over $17,000 for The Hoyt Foundation.
“Out of all the races, this is the one that means the most to our family,” he said. “From all the history to The Hoyt Foundation being accepted as an official charity, it just speaks to how much our family means to the city of Boston.”
The Hoyt Foundation/Team Hoyt is hosting its first-ever Dick Hoyt Memorial “Yes You Can” Run Together road race on May 27. The 5-mile run will honor the same distance of the first race Dick Hoyt ever ran with his son Rick. For information and registration, please visit the race’s homepage.