In an area desperately in need of economic development, probably no one is missed more than the late Bob Walton, Sr. Walton was a long time resident of New Boston and was the executive director of Community Action Organization of Scioto County. In addition to those duties, Walton was chairman of the board of the Southern Ohio Port Authority (SOPA).
On Saturday, the Village of New Boston and Scioto County honored Walton with the Second Annual Bob Walton, Sr. 5K for Cancer at the Infra-Metals parking lot.
No one was displaying more pride in the New Boston community than Village Administrator Steve Hamilton.
“The (New Boston) Police Department is in their place to block the intersections and the (New Boston) Fire Department is doing their job as well,” Hamilton said. “This is a good thing.”
The man in charge of the event, Oak Williams, was doing what all good organizers of events such as a 5K do. He was running around with a bullhorn making sure everyone was where they needed to be to lauch the run.
“We’re on the Bob Walton Industrial Site and this is basically to honor his memory and give back to the community and kind of thank him for getting us here,” Williams said. “All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.”
Hamilton reminisced about the bad weather that greeted runners last year, and raved about the 50 degree temperatures this year.
“Last year it poured the rain,” Hamilton said.
Williams had the same memory.
“Weather-wise it’s a perfect day for running,” Williams said. “Last year it was about 45 and raining, so I’ll take this all day long. I saw some blue skies so I think we’re going to have a sunny day.”
Williams spoke positively of the financial end of the event.
“Last year we had about 65 runners and we generated about $7,000 for the Cancer Society,” Williams said. “This year we’re on pace to do a little better than both of those numbers.”
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