Team Hoyt comprised of Dad; Dick Hoyt and his son; Rick Hoyt completed their 32nd Boston Marathon on Patriots Day, April 21, 2014. I remember running my first Johnny Kelley Hyannis 5 miler with the Hoyts in front of me and Johnny right by my side. Those were fun days with lots of good stories. This is Dick Hoyt’s last Boston Marathon 2014. Team Hoyt has inspired so many over the years. And as one inspirational icon leaves his legacy at The Boston Marathon another steps in to inspire us to Dream, Believe, Achieve. Welcome Eddy Lychik to Boston!
Edward Lychik served our country in Afghanistan. On September 30th, Eddy’s 21st Birthday a recoiless rifle rocket struck his vehicle and he lost his leg and his hip on his left side. He almost lost his life. Now less than 3 years later he ran his first Boston Marathon! His primary goal is to inspire! In the days after the blast Eddy thought a lot about all the things he could not do without his leg. Once he started running a whole new world opened up and all he could think about was all the things he could do. “This leg is a tool for me to inspire others. If I can do things on one leg, what can you accomplish with two?” Eddy asked.
I had the great fortune of meeting Eddy about 3/10ths of a mile after the Boston Marathon Finish Line. I have run The Boston Marathon in 1999 and 2003 and I wanted to do what I could this year to help and take back our finish line. I had no idea when I volunteered to help Cathy Lohse’s Food Distribution Team at the finish line how many runners would walk by and smile and say Thank you for volunteering. What an amazing day and an amazing race. When Eddy walked by as I was handing out bags of food the corral was pretty heavily populated with exhausted but happy runners. Eddy’s phone had died so he was looking for a ‘charge’ and a way to find his friends! I offered to walk with him and help him meet up with his friends. I was actually quite surprised to see someone with a prosthetic 3/10ths of a mile past the finish in a very crowded corral and still walking without any assistance. After some water, a protein drink and a few goodies from our finish line foodie bag, Eddy and I slowly walked over to Stuart Road for the Friends and Family meeting place. People were clapping, smiling and congratulating Eddy as we started our post race journey. We stepped into a local restaurant on Stuart St. to recharge Eddy’s cell phone.
Standing at the counter where Eddy’s cell phone was charging he overheard that Lance Armstrong had a reservation at the restaurant at 7:30. Lance Armstrong is one of Eddy’s hero’s and although after a long day of running and post race walking Eddy had a plan for the evening to meet Lance. So Eddy made a reservation for dinner at 7:30….good thinking! Funny all I could think … does Eddy realize he is a superhero and a super athlete too?
From Eddy’s blog on meeting Lance Armstrong: “I make my way upstairs to the 2nd floor. I paused for a moment to gather my thoughts and head to his table. We talk for a few minutes, I tell him that my first marathon I have ran as an amputee was the Austin LiveStrong Marathon in Texas where I did my rehab. I grab a photo and an autograph. He was nice and really cool about it all! Whatever anybody says, I believe he’s done a lot of good for the world by how many people he has impacted with cancer and foundational work. He is a human being that I can learn a lot from.”
Later Eddy and I walked back another half mile (ouch) to The Revere Hotel. The elevator was full with children and runners. As we rode in the elevator Eddy said oh my left ankle is so swollen from today’s run. Of course everyone looked down and his left ankle was his prosthetic. He just has this way to make everyone comfortable, laugh and inspire with his wonderful outlook on life. His left ankle was probably the only part of his body that did not ache after the marathon!
Eddy’s room was on the 24th floor with a beautiful view of Boston, a city that Eddy traveled to a long way from Tacoma Washington to inspire, and now is part of The Boston Marathon legacy forever, returning with lots of new friends and supporters. Eddy has decided that his purpose is to help educate children by showing what they can do with 2 legs and inspiring others by what he is accomplishing with one leg. He would like to share his story, humor, perspective, view on disability, and much more!
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Eddy left me with so many beautiful memories of the day of one persons Boston Strong Story. He is committed to Living Life with Passion and Inspiring others to do the same. His mantra is Dream – Believe – Achieve and he does this by leading by example.
I am not sure when my path will cross with Eddy’s again, however I am so grateful for the few short hours that our paths crossed. Congratulations Eddy on your first Boston Marathon. You are what the spirit of the Boston Marathon is all about. Dream-Believe-Achieve! Love, Boston Strong!
ACTION STEPS, HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY:
Martin Richard Foundation (MR8) – The Martin Richard Charitable Foundation will honor Martin’s message of “No more hurting people – peace” by investing in education, athletics and community.
Operation Enduring Warrior is a veteran operated non-profit whose mission is to Honor, Empower and Motivate our Wounded service members through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitative cycle modeled for overcoming adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork and perseverance.
Scott Rigsby Foundation – The Scott Rigsby Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to inspire, inform and enable individuals with loss of limb or mobility to live a healthy, active lifestyle.
Team RWB’s Mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
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Eddy’s Bio: Edward Lychik- Athlete
Edward Lychik is an adventurer. He joined the U.S Army when he was 19 and was sent to Fort Wainwright, Alaska Serving as Combat Engineer with the 1/25th SBCT. The following year he was deployed to Afghanistan on the Operation Enduring Freedom campaign. Midway through his deployment, a recoiless rifle rocket struck his vehicle and he lost his left leg and became a Hip-disartic amputee. After medically retiring, he road tripped and traveled through some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. In those timeless moments, he found a passion for running. While being one of the few hip-amputees that run, he ran various races from a half-marathon, tough mudder, spartan races, 25k trail run and a Marathon in 4:33. He is involved with a few great non-profit organizations, Operation Enduring Warrior & Team RWB. His journey in fact, is only just beginning.