The Murphy's Furniture Parade in Hillsboro will have a new feature preceding it this year.

FILE PHOTO - The Murphy's Furniture St. Patrick's Day Parade is a spring tradition in Hillsboro, now entering its 39th year.It's the 39th anniversary this year of the Murphy's Furniture St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hillsboro, and in addition to the usual parade tradition, a short "fun run" will be held before the main event.

TVW Inc., a Hillsboro-based nonprofit group that assists adults with disabilities in finding employment and provides programs for them, is staging what it bills as its first annual 4K Fun Run and Walk.

The fun run will raise money for TVW's day programs for disabled adults, said Christie Theeler, the nonprofit's development manager.

"This will help pay for admission to OMSI, the (Oregon) Zoo — whatever they like," Theeler said.

Through the Vanguard program at TVW, adults with mental and development disabilities can enjoy outings to places like the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry and the zoo, as well as to airports, shopping centers and classes, according to the group's website. It offers an opportunity for disabled adults to pick up new skills and follow their own interests while keeping them active.

The fun run starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at Hare Field, 1151 N.E. Grant St. in Hillsboro.

Entry (including a T-shirt) is $30 until Wednesday, March 7; $35 after Wednesday; or $40 the day of the event, with registration opening at 9 a.m. Children under 12 can participate for free.

The course is flat and accessible for people with disabilities. It runs east to Northeast Cornell Road, south to East Main Street, west to Northeast 2nd Street and then north to Northeast Grant Street before returning east to Hare Field.

The Murphy's St. Patrick's Day Parade will follow the fun run, proceeding along the same route. The parade has been a Hillsboro tradition since 1979, when Ruth Murphy chaired the event. (The company she founded, Murphy's Furniture at 2962 Baseline St., has been a Cornelius institution since 1973.)

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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