Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Town of Mount Pleasant honored Peyton Moore Monday with a dedication of the Park West track and field facility in the former athlete’s name.
The town rebranded the facility Peyton Johnson Moore Track and Field and unveiled a memorial outside of the track named Peyton’s Rock. The boulder is adorned by a plaque with a picture of Moore above a message that reads, “That whisper of encouragement you hear is Peyton cheering you on. Run strong, jump high, throw long!”
“When we see the memorial, I think it’s about Peyton’s memory. His accomplishments, his love and his spirit that’s going to keep living,” Peyton’s father Noah Moore said. “He did so many things at this track and this place was so important to him.”
Moore passed away in June at 9 years old from an epileptic seizure. He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Track Club, the Charleston Running Club, Charleston Runs and USA Track and Field. He was the No. 1 javelin thrower in the state for his age group, a champion quarterback in football and an honor roll student at Mount Pleasant Academy. More than 100 teammates, coaches, friends and family came together Monday for the dedication.
“When we envisioned this memorial for Peyton, we had this idea of kids going up to it and taking that energy and using it to compete,” Noah Moore said.
“When we unveiled it and saw the kids automatically put their hands to it and go run, that was a pretty cool thing. Peyton would have just absolutely loved that. That meant a lot.”