SILVER CREEK – Wayne and Elaine Hotelling presented Ellie Decker of Silver Creek with a Runner’s Roost award at Silver Creek High School for her winning design marking the 25th anniversary of Laurel Run. Ellie’s design was selected from a series of finalists that were featured in the Dunkirk OBSERVER and will be showcased throughout the Laurel Run activities on Friday and Saturday.
Ellie spent time talking about the design process. Completed in Paul Abate’s Advanced Computer Graphics Course this year, Ellie worked a long time to master the program and really thought about what the logo meant. His goal was to come up with a unique design with a lot of symbolism, but also true to the themes associated with Laurel Run.
She described how the wings not only represent the “mercury shoe” associated with running, but were dubbed to also honor Laurel, the Hotelling family “angel” passed away in 2017. She even worked to create individual designs for the hearts featured in the shoe.
This allowed him to show how Laurel’s legacy brings people together. “hearts” in a single community with the Laurel Run representing the “Core / sole” of goodness and joy that Laurel’s legacy helps everyone achieve.
“The hardest race you’ll love to run” is illustrated in this design and is very appropriate for the 25th anniversary. From his work with Special Olympics, his past participation in Laurel Run, his academic and athletic achievements, coach Ray Graf says “Ellie is everything that makes Laurel Run so special to people and the community.”
The Laurel Run and Walk will take place on Saturday with events and the Laurel Relay will also take place on Friday. For more information, visit www.laurel-run.com.