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'Hortoons' Creator Reveals 9th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. Logo


Dave Horton, creator of Hortoons, reveals the 9th Annual 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. logo depicting his loveable animal characters in a 'The Tortoise and the Hare' plot. Horton has created the previous seven race logos – all marked with his wit.

“The idea was inspired by Maggie Goldsmith, who helps out at F.I.S.H.,” says Horton. “She suggested I try something with the tortoise and hare fable, so I drew three turtles in the lead, passing a rabbit, and an alligator coming up from the rear. The turtles are aware that the alligator is behind them and are sprinting. But, the rabbit hasn't noticed the alligator yet and is shocked the turtles are beating him.”

The next scene, if there were one, would be the rabbit gone, the turtles across the finish line panting, and the alligator sitting on the side of the road with a fat stomach, he says, further showing his cleverness.

“We enjoy the logos Dave creates,” says F.I.S.H. 10K Race Committee Co-chair Nancy Bender. “His artistic talent and sense of humor are undeniable. We are grateful for his contribution.”

Horton has been cartooning since he was child growing up in Illinois. His father, who worked for the government, would bring home scores of unwanted paper and Horton would draw on all of it. He was awarded Best College Comic Strip from Illinois State University and went on to be an artist and writer for Hallmark Cards.

Hortoons has become a popular comic in which Horton gives wildlife human characteristics in humorous settings. “I'm obsessed with alligators, raccoons, turtles and birds and other wildlife,” says Horton. “Giving them human characteristics sometimes makes funny conflicts with people.”

The Hortoon-style race logo will appear on the font of t-shirts worn by runners, race posters, as well as make an appearance in each announcement published for qualifying race sponsors.

The 10K Race 4 F.I.S.H. is set for Saturday, Oct. 21 and the start-finish line will return to the Sanibel Community House. A variety of race sponsorships are available. Anyone who is interested should contact Pete or Nancy Bender at benderlaw@juno.com or call 239-472-5220.

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