The winner of the 37th Cooper River Bridge Run design contest is planning on making the most of this weekend.
Marcus Terry, the Charlotte architect who won the contest, is renting a house in Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms and having his family, parents and friends join him for the long weekend.
Terry's schedule is full: he'll be signing posters at the Bridge Run Expo on Thursday and Friday, taking his children to the Kids Run on Friday, and walking the 10K with his wife and father on Saturday.
"I'm really excited about it," says Terry, whose design will be seen all around Charleston the next few days.
Terry's design features the bottom of a running shoe and the cables of the Ravenel Bridge. Terry said he began working on the design years ago and intended to enter the 2010 contest. He finally finished it last year.
"When you've stared at something for three years, you just don't know if it's good or not," says Terry, who received assurances from family and friends that his design was a winner.
They were right.
Terry's design was selected from 73 entries. The 37-year-old received $1,000 and the recognition of having his design grace more than 40,000 T-shirts and other promotional materials for the event.
Terry, who has participated in several Bridge Runs and enjoys renting a bike and tooling around downtown Charleston, said his design was intended to make a statement about the run using a bridge usually dominated by car traffic.
While it's rare for a Bridge Run design to not depict the bridge in a prominent way, using a shoe as the centerpiece isn't unprecedented. The designs in 1991 and 1999 featured shoes, too.
Terry was thrilled to hear the news, particularly after seeing all the other designs displayed online in the first-ever public voting for the contest. He noted that a half-dozen were "really solid entries."
"This is a huge deal for me. I've won some other smaller design contests, but this is the biggest," Terry says.
For the Kids Run & Wonderfest, the Bridge Run design selection team chose a design created by the late Peyton Moore, a 9-year-old who died on June 4, 2013.
Moore was an athletic, creative child who inspired his parents, Jennifer and Noah Moore, and many others to lead healthier lives.
Peyton was a regular participant in both Bridge Run events and the Charleston Marathon's kids event, which includes a 25-mile cumulative run capped off by a 1.2-mile run the day before the regular marathon. The marathon is using another design created by Peyton for its kids run this year.
Last summer, Noah Moore said he and Jennifer are honored by the Bridge Run's tribute to their son.
"Neither one of us had any idea that Peyton would inspire us to make so many changes in our lives, nor did we ever imagine that he would inspire so many others to do the same. Having the running community embrace our little boy is a gift for which we are very grateful," Moore says.
"Peyton drew the things that he loved, and he loved that bridge and he loved Charleston. Although it does not dull our pain or fill us with the happiness of his infectious smile, having both of these major races include our son's artwork is something we will cherish."
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Noah and Jennifer Moore pause as a crowd at the Cooper River Bridge Run design unveiling ceremony cheer at the announcement that a design created by their son, the late Peyton Moore, was chosen for the Kids Run T-shirts. David Quick/Staff×