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Record Setting Youth Dedicates Bike Ride to Help Fight Hunger

Gig Harbor, WA: Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services is partnering with Ryder Murphy, the youngest cyclist to complete the Seattle-To-Portland bike ride, to raise awareness and donations to help fight hunger in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula communities.

In 2017, Ryder was the youngest rider to finish the Seattle-To-Portland (STP) bike ride. Hosted by Cascade Bike Club, STP is a nationally renowned annual event held every July that attracts upwards of 10,000 participants and traverses 204 miles. Ryder was just seven years old and rode a child- sized Specialized Hot Rock bicycle with 20” wheels and six gears. This year, he plans to do it again ... but his mission is even greater.

During the STP bike ride this July, Ryder wants his cycling adventures to be more than just a personal accomplishment. He wants to make a difference. He believes everyone should have enough food, especially kids and their families. “I want to use my abilities to serve others. I’m a kid...but kids can help!”  Ryder wants to convey that everyone can make a difference in the lives of their neighbors.

During upcoming community events in May, June and July, Ryder will join GHP FISH to spread awareness of the services the organization provides and how other concerned citizens can get involved to help our neighbors in need. For over 42 years, the all-volunteer non-profit has been assisting folks in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula with food and financial assistance during emergency circumstances.  In 2017, 3,984 families (9295 individuals) were served by the food bank, which distributed $ 575,613.07 worth of food, along with over $125,000 in financial aid. 

Ryder and his family not only want to bring awareness to our neighbors in need, but they would like to help raise funds for GHP FISH which not only distributes food and other necessities, but provides financial assistance for rent, essential utility bills, and vital prescriptions.  Ryder is accepting donations through the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH website at http://www.ghpfish.org/STPRyder.html.  

To follow Ryder as he prepares for and participates in the STP bike ride, check out his Instagram page @Ryderonabike. 

 About Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services: Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank and Community Services is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has been helping neighbors in need since 1976. With the dedicated support from our community, GHP FISH guides individuals and families on their journey to self-sufficiency with food and other assistance; serving our Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula neighbors with dignity, compassion, and encouragement. www.ghpFISH.org

About Ryder: Ryder is eight and a student at Artondale Elementary in Gig Harbor. He and his dad started their cycling adventures when he was three years old. He rode 14 miles on his Specialized Hot Rock fixed gear bike with 12” wheels. At age 5, he clocked 50 miles on the Burke Gilman Trail, and at age 6, 78 miles on the same trail. He has completed several bicycle events hosted by the Cascade Bike Club, including the annual Chilly Hilly ride last February. Ryder’s enthusiasm for bicycling is equaled only by his appreciation of the treats and snacks that he enjoys during and after every ride.  

About STP:  The STP is Saturday, July 14- Sunday, July 15, 2018. “The 200+ mile bicycle ride is the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest, with up to 10,000 participants riding from Seattle to Portland in one or two days. The route takes you through the scenic valleys, forests, and farmlands of western Washington and Oregon. (The) ride (is) what Bicycling Magazine has listed as one of the best cycling events in the nation!” (https://www.cascade.org/content/events/stp)

For more information contact Amy Gartlan, Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank & Community Services, 253-858-6179, GHPFISHMedia@gmail.com