When she is not taking care of your four-legged (and exotic) family members, our own Dr. Tara Rittle is pounding the pavement as she prepares to take on the Boston Marathon as a charity runner for Team Hoyt on April 21.
"After completing my first marathon, I set my eyes on the Boston Marathon. I hoped to run it to mark my 40th birthday this year. If you’ve ever lived in Boston, like I did after vet school, you are forever connected to this great city and its people. Boston is one of my homes. I’ve listened to stories of my friends who have run this race and ‘virtually’ cheered for others while watching the race on-line. I was watching with pride last year as I tracked ‘my runners’ during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Rich finished, Chris finished, and Jen was on track for her PR! Then the updates stopped.
The senseless acts of violence that shattered the lives of so many last year, made it even more important to run this race, this year. To rise up, dig deep and put one foot in front of the other to move forward and push through to the finish.
About Team Hoyt
I am beyond proud to run as a charity runner for Team Hoyt who’s universally uplifting message is, “Yes You Can.” The 2013 Boston Marathon was slated to be Team Hoyt’s last running of the event. They are returning this year to finish the race and bring awareness to their mission and to demonstrate, as they always do, the resiliency of the human spirit.
Rick Hoyt was born with a severe case of Cerebral Palsy that limits his mobility and speech. In 1977 he asked his father if he could participate in a local charity race. Dick was not a runner at the time, but he said, “Yes.” After the race Rick told his father when they ran he didn’t feel disabled. The team has now competed in over 1,000 races including marathons, and triathlons, six of which are Ironman distances.
Team Hoyt aspires to build individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem in persons living with disabilities through inclusion in all facets of daily life including community activities, sports, at home, in schools and in the work place."