Boston Marathon legend, Dick Hoyt to visit Middlesex Community College with his son Rick.

Legendary Boston Marathon runner Dick Hoyt to speak at Middlesex Community College in Lowell

Lowell, MAMiddlesex Community College’s One World Series will present Dick Hoyt ­ – who with his son Rick (who uses a wheelchair) has completed 28 Boston Marathons – at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in MCC’s Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell.

Hoyt’s inspirational program, titled Together – You Can Do Anything!, is offered in observance of Disability Awareness Month. Admission is free and open to the public.

Over the past 30 years, Dick and Rick Hoyt have competed in more than 1,000 athletic events around the world – including six Ironman Triathlons. In 1992, they biked and ran across the United States, covering 3,735 miles in 45 days.

Rick, 48, has lived a full and amazing life with Dick’s help. A graduate of Boston University with a degree in Special Education, Rick was born as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, and as a nonspeaking person. Despite these disabilities, Rick’s mind and spirit have always been strong. His family supported his quest for independence and inclusion in community, sports, education and the workplace.

Dick, 70, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard. He travels the country giving corporate and community presentations, educating the public about disability awareness and promoting the Team Hoyt motto: Yes you can!

The One World Series at Middlesex is an annual speaker series addressing topics of current interest. It is funded by MCC’s Student Union Government Association. Additional funding for this special presentation is made possible by MCC’s Department of Fitness & Recreation.

For more information about Dick Hoyt at Middlesex, contact Rebecca Newell, MCC’s Director of Leadership Development & Student Activities, at newellr@middlesex.mass.edu or 781-280-3763.