Research suggests that beer is actually a decent post-exercise recovery drink, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. In no way are scientists suggesting athletes rehydrate with beer over water or sports fluids; however, beer does contain a small amount of carbohydrates and electrolytes which can be helpful. Maybe that’s why breweries are tapping into the racing community! In honor of the Boston Marathon, for instance, Start Line Brewing Company just released a new brew called Team Hoyt Marathoner IPA. Pleasing the palates of Boston marathoners and all beer drinkers, Team Hoyt Marathoner IPA was created in honor of Dick Hoyt, an iconic marathoner who famously pushed his wheelchair-using son, Rick, in the Boston Marathon year after year.
The 127th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 17, 2023, with nearly 30,000 athletes, including adaptive athletes, from more than 100 countries. The beloved father-son duo, known as Team Hoyt, tackled the Boston Marathon a whooping 32 times! So it’s no surprise that Start Line Brewing Company, based in nearby Hopkinton, wanted to raise a glass to toast Dick who, sadly, passed away in 2021 at the age of 80.
Historic Boston Marathoners
Rick was born with cerebral palsy which, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Celebral palsy is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his/her/their muscles. People with cerebral palsy often experience stiff muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity), among other differences related to movement/coordination, speech/eating and development.
Upon Rick’s diagnosis at birth, Dick and his wife, Judy, were advised to institutionalize their son. Instead, the couple sought appropriate support services and helped Rick excel in the public school system. That decision, of course, shaped all their lives in many ways. One day, in support of a classmate who had become paralyzed, Rick asked his father to push his wheelchair in a benefit race. Like never before, Rick felt invigorated during the fast-paced event and, so, Dick dedicated himself to running – going the distance time and time again – to bring joy to his son (and, eventually, crowds of fans).
Team Hoyt began in 1977 and, according to race records, this dynamite duo competed in 1,130 endurance events, including 72 marathons and six Ironman Triathlons! Since the Hoyts hail from Holland, Massachusetts, just an hour drive from Boston, New England’s iconic 26.2-mile course become their go-to race. The 2014 Boston Marathon was Team Hoyt’s final endurance competition together; though, Rick continued to race with a new partner, Massachusetts-native Bryan Lyons, from 2015 through 2019.
Team Hoyt has been celebrated numerous times. The pair was honored with a bronze statue situated near the Boston Marathon’s start line, inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame and even received ESPN’s Jimmy V Perseverance Award. Now, Start Line Brewing Company is pouring out more accolades. Every year, Start Line Brewing Company recognizes a person or theme that embodies the spirit of marathoning. Brewery owner Ted Twinney shared that the decision to cheers Team Hoyt just made sense.
Toast of the Town
In March, Rick and other family members were on site at the brewery to package a fresh batch of Team Hoyt Marathoner IPA (6% alcohol), which is a New England-style hazy IPA with a twist. The beer can design features silhouettes of Boston marathoners, including Dick and Rick. The packaging also includes information about the upcoming Dick Hoyt Memorial – Yes You Can Run Together race, set for May 27, 2023. A portion of proceeds from Team Hoyt Marathoner IPA will benefit the 26.2 Foundation, a Hopkinton-based nonprofit that invests in programs that promote education, fitness and health.
Cheers to Start Line Brewing Company and their flavorful way of toasting the incredible Team Hoyt and all Boston Marathoners.