All in the family
It could be considered that being a runner in Rick Ferguson’s family is a birthright.
Three generations of Ferguson’s family run to not only stay fit, but also to have fun and encourage others to do the same.
Rick, 71, is a retired banker who started running and exercising in 1969 and has yet to stop.
“Fortunately, my good health has allowed me to do this,” Rick said.
Rick’s son, Robert, 42, played basketball and baseball at Mitchell High School and has continued running and exercising. Robert’s sons, Gabe, 10, and Michael, 9, stay in shape by playing Buncombe County Recreation Department sports and riding bikes, among other activities.
“All members of my immediate family exercise and try to have good diets, as we are trying to maintain healthy bodies,” Rick said. “We may not live longer, but our quality of life is better. It has always been my goal to stay fit so I could play with our son and daughter and now our grandsons without concern of a heart attack or some such issue. There’s no guarantee of that, but the odds against such are increased. As a Christian, the Lord has blessed all of us with good health and we try to do our part in the process.”
All four Fergusons participated in the Rhododendron Run the weekend of the 71st annual North Carolina Rhododendron Festival in Bakersville.
Rick finished third in the 70-99 age group with a time of 68.06 minutes; Robert finished third in the 40-44 age group with a time of 56.32 minutes; Gabe finished second in the 1-19 age group; and Michael finished third in the 1-19 age group.