Call for T-Shirt Art Design

Thanks for your interest in designing artwork for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. We are now accepting designs for the 2021 race! The artwork will be used on our t-shirts and the race poster. Variations of the artwork may be used on official race merchandise.

Adult T-Shirt Design Requirements

Below are some design requirements and suggestions:

The artwork must include the name of the race, "Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run," the race date, "April 11, 2021" and "Washington, DC."  This can either be incorporated into the art or appear underneath it. Besides that, we are quite open to different concepts – you can include or not include cherry blossoms, Memorials, runners, etc.  I will caution you that it is generally not a good idea to include too much pink in the design. Despite being the color most associated with the blossoms (although many of the blossoms are actually white), designs with too much pink are frequently not popular with our male runners, (although the event is over 60% women), who tell us that sometimes the shirts are "too feminine."  Our slogan for the race is "The Runner’s Rite of Spring," although this does not have to be incorporated into the design.  Please note that we use the word "Ten" instead of the digits "10" in the name of the race. The incorporated name of the race is "Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run."

Art Submissions

All artists should submit a single design for use on the official race t-shirt and poster. We may ask the artist whose design is selected to submit variations of the artwork for use on merchandise, printed and electronic materials and for other race items.

You must submit a .pdf file of the artwork and a vector file (.eps., .ai, etc.). We will not be able to judge your submission if you do not include a .pdf file.

You may submit more than one design.

Submissions should be made directly to Arlene Solbeck at solbeck.arlene@gmail.com.

CLOSING DATE: All submissions must be made by the end of the day on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The Winning Artist

The winning artist will receive $1,000 for use of the artwork, two paid entries to the Ten Mile or 5K Run-Walk, travel and lodging to both the Fall Kick Off event in DC in November, 2020 (where the design is unveiled) and to race weekend, April 10-11, 2021, plus a selection of the official race merchandise and invitations to the volunteer dinner and the race committee/sponsor dinner during race weekend. If your artwork is selected, you will sign a release governing the terms of its use.

Questions?

Please direct all questions to:

Arlene Solbeck
T-Shirt Design Coordinator
solbeck.arlene@gmail.com

Kids Run T-Shirt Design Contest

We will also have a t-shirt contest for our younger artists! Starting September 1, 2020, we will be looking for submissions from kids for the t-shirt art design for the 2021 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Kids Run, which will be held on April 10, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Here are the requirements and some suggestions: 

  • Artists must be 12 years of age or younger.
  • The artwork must include the name of the race, “Credit Union Cherry Blossom Kids Run.” The artwork must include the race date, “April 10, 2021” and “Washington, DC.”  This can either be incorporated into the art or appear underneath it. Besides that, anything goes! The artwork may include - or not include - cherry blossoms, Memorials, runners, etc.  This is a chance for our young artists to express their creativity!
  • When the contest opens for submissions, the artwork will need to be submitted as a .pdf file and as a graphic file(s) (.jpg, .eps, .tif, etc.). 
  • Artists may submit more than one design.

The winning artist will receive a $150 gift card, plus travel and lodging (for the family) on race weekend, April 10-11, 2021 to attend the Kids Run.  The winning artist will also receive official race merchandise and invitations to the Volunteer and Race Committee dinners during race weekend.  The parents of the winning artist will be required to sign a release governing the terms of its use.