Hoyt Running Chairs designs and manufactures state-of-the-art racing chairs for individuals with disabilities. As a subdivision of Southbridge Tool & Manufacturing, we are able to custom build each chair to the comfort and needs of both the rider and the runner. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and providing them with the ultimate racing experience.
When we work and play together, we can do more.
MIKE DIDONATO FIRST HEARD THE STORY OF RICK AND DICK HOYT IN 2009.
Dick Hoyt has pushed his son Rick in over 1,000 races including marathons, triathalons and 6 Ironman races. Mike was inspired by their story. A few months later he happened to meet Dick Hoyt at a local grocery store. Mike mentioned his family’s manufacturing company, and offered to fix Rick’s chair if needed. The next year, Dick Hoyt showed up at Southbridge Tool and Manufacturing and asked if a brand new chair could be built for Rick because he was very uncomfortable in his original chair.
The Signature was built in time for the Hoyts to compete in the 2010 Boston Marathon. The chair was beautifully built for comfort, speed, and maneuverability. Soon, other teams and families began asking for a chair. In 2014, Mike was approached by Nick Sotar, a retired bicycle shop owner, who admired The Signature but had some ideas to improve the design. Nick presented Mike with a design for a revolutionary new racing chair called The Blade, which is easily disassembled and can be shipped in a bike box.