Someone emailed me this moving story and I had to share:
A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?'
The father despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'. They went on to complete the marathon together. Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together.
One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad,let's join the Ironman together.' To which, his father said 'Yes'. For those who don't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim, followedby a 112 mile (180 .2 kilometer) bike ride, and ending with a 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of the Big Island.
Father and son went on to complete the race together.
The video puts this in a whole new light:
I had to learn a little more . . . Team Hoyt has an amazing story. It earns them their own entry in Wikipedia. And, of course, Snopes verifies the story.
It challenged me to think how much am I willing to do for my kids? For Dick Hoyt he began working out tirelessly, has participating in numerous races, and now speaks to groups out of love for his son. Definitely pulled out of his comfort zone and put his love into action.