To honor one of its living legends, Marlow spent the morning showing its true colors Saturday.
The Marlow Youth Council kicked off a city wide tradition with the First Annual Carter 5K Run and Mile Walk, dedicated to longtime Outlaws football and track coach Bill Carter.
“It’s something unexpected, I hadn’t expected it but I sure do appreciate it,” Carter said. “No place that I’ve ever been has even comes close to what Marlow is like.The people and their attitude toward life make this a special place to live.”
Adding to the fun was the element of the race being a color run, with volunteers tossing green, yellow and blue corn starch at the runners.
“We were just really glad at how everything fell into place and I think everybody had a really good time,” Marlow Youth Council member Jessica Sabedra-Garvin said. “I hope it just gets bigger next year.”
Sabedra-Garvin said a big part of the inaugural race’s success was Marlow’s youth and their embracing of the colors.
“I think the kids more than anything had the most fun, chasing people down and trying to get them with colors,” she said. “The people who didn’t want to get hit with colors avoided it so I think it worked out like we intended.”
Leading the way for the runners overall was Justin Brown of the high school category, finishing the 5K in 20:50. Close behind was fellow high schooler Johnathon Cantwell with a time of 22:16. Jacee Powers finished as the fastest adult in 22:40 and rounding out the top five were David Marsh, finishing in 22:51 and Melissa Ray with a time of 23.36.
Ronda Meadows finished as the fastest walker, Karmen Farmer and Terry Houston finishing second and third.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the new Bill Carter Sore Thumb Scholarship, a student athlete scholarship that was recently awarded to Marlow graduate Emalee Williams last week in its first year.
Since moving to Marlow in 1981, Carter has made a huge impact in the town’s community as both a track and football coach. Three years ago, that impact was on display when Lt. Governer Jari Askins named September 10, 2010 Bill Carter Day in the state of Oklahoma.