Silver Creek student wins Laurel Run logo contest

Ellie Decker of Silver Creek High School was the winner of the competition to design the logo for the 2021 Laurel Memorial Run and Walk.

Each year, the Laurel Run Planning Committee holds a contest among area high school students to design the Laurel Run logo.  Internal voting at The Resource Center and Filling the Gap determines the finalists, and those designs are then featured on the Observer’s web site so people can vote online for their favorite.

Ellie’s design received the most votes in the internal voting and the online voting.   Her design will appear on this year’s Laurel Memorial Run & Walk T-shirts and other promotional materials.  For winning the competition, Ellie will receive a $100 gift card.

The 25th annual Laurel Memorial Run and Walk begins Friday, July 16, with the traditional Jamestown-to-Dunkirk relay run, which features representatives from area schools running the different legs of the relay.   The event begins at about 8:30 at McCrea Point Park on Jones & Gifford Avenue in Jamestown and ends at The Resource Center’s facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West, where the City of Dunkirk will host a victory celebration from 12:30 to 2:00.

The following morning in Silver Creek, there will be an 8-kilometer run, a 5k fitness walk, a 1k fun walk, children’s runs and Laurel’s Legacy Lap, in which anyone with a disability is invited to talk a lap around the track at the ballfield downtown.

Laurel Run was created by Wayne and Elaine Hotelling in honor of their oldest daughter.  The event is designed to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities.  Money raised through Laurel Run goes to Filling the Gap, which works with The Resource Center to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Chautauqua County.

For more information or to sign up to participate in Laurel Run, phone 934-3952 or 661-4735, or visit

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