What started as a simple Christmas Eve tradition in 1975 grew to provide over 150 bicycles to needy Portland children this year.

Ferguson-Murphy Run Through the YearsBart Ferguson’s father, Dennis Ferguson, first started the “Ferguson-Murphy Run” on Christmas Eve with his friend and running partner Ed Murphy.

“They stopped at the halfway point, had a beer and then finished up,” Bart said. “The next year, a couple friends joined them. It grew from there. At one point we had more than 400 people running.”

This year, Bart and his family decided to use this tradition to help Portland children. The family gathered donations for this year’s run, which will also include a bike ride. The donations and the proceeds from t-shirt sales went to purchase over 150 bikes for The Children’s Relief Nursery/Lifeworks Northwest.

This year’s event was a thorough community effort, supported by Multnomah Athletic Club, Maletis Distribution, and The Bike Gallery. These businesses offered to supply pastries, beer, and bikes at discounted prices, respectively.

The run route consists of a three-mile loop starting at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 S.W. Salmon St., across the Willamette River to the east side, and then back again.

Feeling inspired? Show up ready to run with a donation at 6:15 am on Wednesday, December 24, to join the holiday running cheer.

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