The Duncan Banner

May 22, 2013

Marlow to honor its longtime coach Carter with 5K Run

Sean Gorman
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Back in March, Marlow Youth Council Vice President Jessica Sabedra-Garvin had what her peers first called a “crazy idea” to bring something new to the town she grew up in.

Two months later and plenty of preparation later, Sabedra-Garvin has acted on that idea and organized what she hopes will become an annual tradition in Marlow.

To honor longtime Outlaws track and football coach Bill Carter, Sabedra-Garvin and the council will host the Marlow Youth Council First Annual 5K Run and Mile Walk Saturday at 9:30 a.m..

“I thought about how there wasn’t a 5K run in Marlow and how it would be a great idea to start one this year,” Sabedra-Garvin said. “When I first brought it up to Youth Council President Darren Alaniz he said I was crazy because we wouldn’t have enough time, but we got it approved and have been working hard to make it happen since.”

The run, which will begin in front of the MHS football field on 7th Street, will involve at least 60-75 runners and include a t-shirt and medals for the top five runners in each category.

Categories for the event, which has a $35 entree fee, include grade school runners, middle school participants, high schoolers, adults and seniors.

The event will be a color run, with volunteers throwing blue, yellow and green corn starch at runners.

“A big motto in Marlow is that we bleed blue,” Sabedra-Garvin said. “I had been to a color run in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago and saw this as an opportunity to represent that with this event. It’s a lot of fun for everyone.”

Sabedra-Garvin said those not interested in joining the coloring part of the run can wear blue shirts upon arriving at the event.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the new Bill Carter Sore Thumb Scholarship, a student athlete scholarship which was awarded to recent Marlow graduate Emalee Williams last week in its first year of existence.

“Coach Carter had always said that out of all the students he had been around, the best ones always stuck out like a sore thumb,” Sabedra-Garvin said. “He really is just the perfect person to give a legacy to and we hope this event will help that legacy live on.”

Coaching at Marlow since moving to town in 1981, Carter has made a huge impact in the community as both a track and football coach. So much so that two years ago, Lt. Governor Jari Askins named September 10, 2010 Bill Carter Day in the state of Oklahoma.

“If you’ve lived in Marlow recently you know who he is,” Sabedra-Garvin said. “I heard recently that a fear of his was that he was not going to be remembered in the future and I saw the 5K as a chance to make sure that wouldn’t happen.”

To register contact Marlow Youth Council members Darren Alaniz at (580)-450-3485, Meagan Conway at (580)-235-5569 or Saberda-Garvin at (405)-274-4462. Those interested can also email the council members at or register the morning of the event on site.