Let me brag on my wife

For the past five years, Darlene spends the spring working on creating the trophies for the Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Race that’s held here every year during the Fourth of July weekend.

For the last four years Clarksville, Ind., runner Amanda Bell has won the women’s division and as a result has several of Darlene’s sculptures created as the winner’s trophey.

Apparently, she is enjoying them…

I love to come back to Madison. Its a sentimental race for me and even though I could probably run somewhere else for money, I told my coach hed just have to deal with it because Im going to Madison… And the trophies are the best anywhere. They are very unique and very artistic. Most places you run you get a plaque. What can you do with a plaque? Everybody that sees my Courier 10K trophies just loves them. Ive got them sitting all around and they are my favorite awards.

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Here’s what this year’s trophies look like as Darlene opened the kiln.