Father continues marathon to keep son’s memory alive, raise funds for disabled Oklahomans

YUKON, Okla. – Later this month, runners from across the country will be getting ready to run and remember.

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is scheduled for April 27 as thousands will take their places at the starting line.

In years past, John and Chris Nelson have been a permanent fixture in the race.

Chris, who was bound to a wheelchair, was almost not allowed to participate because of his disability.

It was ultimately decided that Chris could participate and John would simply push his son the whole 26.2 miles.

The father and son team started running in 2001.

Tragically, Chris passed away in October 2013.

This will be the first Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon that John Nelson will be a part of without Chris by his side.

In honor of that bond, and as a way to support Chris, a local gym is selling t-shirts to raise money for a non-profit group.

BFC in Yukon is selling shirts for $20 each and donating all the proceeds to the Make Promises Happen Foundation.

The shirts all say “In Memory of Chris Nelson. We know you would be here if heaven wasn’t so far away.”

The foundation is a non-profit organization that specializes in camps that help people with disabilities.

T-shirts are being ordered until April 15.

Click here for more information on their story and the t-shirts.