The inspiration for the winning Mill Race Marathon poster came from local landmarks and an old “Star Trek” poster.

When Zoë Clulow, a sophomore at Columbus East High School, received the assignment from her digital art class to design a marathon poster, she began studying previous winning marathon posters.

But the techniques she chose to use came from an old “Star Trek” poster she had seen. Clulow began trying aspects from that design and ended up with a winner.

“It looks nothing like the (Star Trek) poster now, but it still worked,” Clulow said.

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Students were given a list of guidelines to include in the designs, according to Laurie Wright, Mill Race Marathon Poster Contest judge. These included architectural representations, runners, the year of the race, good color and an overall exciting look, Wright said.

“Because this is the fifth year, they (contestants) had to include the element of five years of the race. The winner, Zoe Clulow, chose to use all five dates in her design,” Wright said.

Her design features layered Columbus icons and architectural favorites. It showcases the Bartholomew County Courthouse, a graphic Clulow made out of Chaos in The Commons in the background and the Robert N. Stewart Bridge wires across the right side. An image of a runner is at the forefront, along with the words “Mill Race Marathon” in bold and years the marathon has been here.

Her poster will be printed in three versions, one each for the 5K, half-marathon and full marathon. The names of the runners of each race will appear on one side of each poster.

Fun Run winner

This year’s Kids Fun Run T-shirts will feature an encouraging, hand-drawn design by Dyana Foster, a fourth-grade student at W.D. Richards Elementary School.

“This year the Fun Run and the poster contests had over 70 entries each so the eight judges had their work cut out! We started with the Fun Run and we noticed that it looked like the kids had spent a lot of time in the park looking at the elements that they could work with,” Wright said.

The judges selected Dyana’s design for its good color, well-done depiction of a Mill Race Park feature, runners and encouraging words.

The winning image depicts runners with arms raised in victory running through the popular Red Arbor in the park.

The design will be reproduced on the Kids Fun Run T-shirts and will encourage Fun Run participants to keep going with the message “You are all winners! Cross that finish line!”

Dyana spent every morning for two weeks working on her contest entry to get it just right, said Wendy Foster, her mother and a sixth-grade teacher at Richards Elementary.

This was the girl’s first art competition, her mother said. Dyana was told of her success Monday by her teacher, Greg Morris, amid class applause, Foster said.

“I am so excited and pleased that I won! I worked really hard,” Dyana said.

About the winners

Marathon posters winner

Who: Zoë Clulow

School: Columbus East High School

Grade: Sophomore

Age: 15

Parents: Chris and Shannon Clulow

Kids Fun Run T-shirt winner

Who: Dyana Foster

School: W.D. Richards Elementary

Grade: Fourth

Age: 11

Parents: Mark and Wendy Foster

How to register

Here is how to register for the fifth annual Mill Race Marathon:

Go online to

Click the “register” tab toward the top of the page

Follow the instructions for online registration, or download an entry in PDF form and mail it

Registration fees through June 30 are $65 for the marathon, $50 for the half-marathon and $20 for the 5K. Entry fees increase three more times after that date.