Emily and Howard sharing a start line selfie with Team Rocket
For the first time Amanda and I had another wheelchair team to start with at the Boilermaker, a young lady named Emily with her dad Howard pushing. It was wonderful to have met them. Emily is about 12 years old, trapped in a body that doesn’t work, but I could see the charming young lady hiding inside. They where only the second wheelchair team to start the 15 km race, Amanda and I being the first team to do the race in 2011.
Both Emily and her dad Howard were excited to be there, it was their first time at this race as a team. Howard being a local area resident and runner had done the 15 km a few times by himself, but this was the first time with his daughter. It was also the first race for their new racing chair.
Rick and Dick Hoyt (Team Hoyt) have been an inspiration to many and in particular, to Amanda and myself. We’ve had the pleasure to qualify and start the Boston Marathon with Team Hoyt four times over the years. I was inspired to train, push myself and qualify both of us so I could share the Boston experience with Amanda.
It’s surprising to me that according to Snopes, Team Rocket was only the second wheelchair team to complete the distance in Boston. I would have thought that there were more people crazy enough to qualify pushing a wheelchair.
Another staring line picture, this time at the VRPro Waterfront Trail 8km in Burlington, Ontario, September 20, 2014. It’s a great race mostly on the Burlington waterfront, out to the light house on the pier and back!