With the London Marathon gone for another year, it’s had us reminiscing about the amazing marathon success stories that have happened over the years – hence we’ve collected some of our favourite inspirational moments in history to share with you!
When you think about marathons and success stories, we think this man’s name pops up in everyone’s mind, and for a good reason! Rick Hoyt was born a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. Rick didn’t let his condition stop him, and though he couldn’t talk, his parents worked with a group of engineers to have a special computer built to help him communicate. In 1977 he told his father he wanted to participate in a 5-mile race for a lacrosse player who was paralyzed in an accident, thus Rick’s participation in marathons began! Him and his father Dick are now known infamously, as Team Hoyt!
He has been dubbed the “ultramarathon man” for his bizarre ability to run continuously! One of his biggest achievements was when he completed 50 marathons, in 50 days, in 50 states! His hard work and determination helped raise $100,000 for his children’s charity, Karno Kids. His record for continuous miles it currently at 350, and he once run a 200 mile relay race as a one man team! If that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is!
This remarkable woman lost the lower part of her leg as a result of a motorcycle accident, but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving great things! Amy holds the marathon world record for the fastest female below the knee amputee. Not only that, she is the first female amputee to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon, which is a legendary 135 mile race in California. Since all of this success, she has started the One Step Ahead Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children with physical disabilities.SHARE: