Track & field: Marble excited to participate in Centaurus’ benefit relay named in his honor

Bobby Marble admits he wasn’t real excited to attend the fundraiser named in his honor last spring.

He had just gotten home from the hospital two days earlier, and was drained from the treatment he’d been undergoing for acute myeloid leukemia. He was also a little shy about the attention.

But once Marble got to Centaurus High’s Warrior Stadium, he realized just what sort of special event was taking place. That’s why the CHS senior, whose cancer has now been in remission for 11 months, is plenty excited to be participating in the relay this year even though it’s raising money for a different cause.

“It feels pretty cool (to be participating),” Marble said Wednesday. “It’s going to be a good time.

“It’s a great thing that they did. I feel really thankful for it. It means a lot.”

The second edition of the Warrior Marble Relay is Saturday at CHS, with students, teachers and the public circling the Warrior Stadium track from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to raise money through pledges.

The CHS track team members started the event last year as a dual event to raise money for both the track program and Marble’s family to help offset the costs of his treatment.

Marble was a member of the team as a freshman and sophomore before getting sick. While his cancer is in remission, his stamina is still a work in progress. He isn’t out for the track team this spring but is working out in the weight room to try and get back in shape.

Last year’s relay grossed nearly $18,000 in proceeds, which was split with the Marbles after expenses of hosting the event were paid.

“It was great to see we could have that kind of an impact as a team,” CHS track coach Devin Rourke said.

This year, the track program will split the proceeds from the Warrior Marble Relay with a group raising money for improvements at Warrior Stadium.

For Marble, the good cause is one thing. But he’s also just happy to be taking part in activities with his friends again.

“I feel normal,” he said.

For more information on the Warrior Marble Relay, visit centaurustcc.org.