Call for T-Shirt Art Design

We are now accepting artwork designs for the 2020 Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and 5K Run-Walk. The artwork will be used on our t-shirts and the race poster. Variations of the artwork may be used on official race merchandise. The due date for submitting artwork has been extended and is now July 15, 2019.

Here are the requirements and some suggestions:

The artwork must include the name of the race, "Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run," the race date, "April 5, 2020" 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."

This year we are having artists 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 vector file of the artwork (.eps., .ai, etc.) in addition to a .jpg or .pdf, etc. directly to me at

You may submit more than one design.

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, 2019 (where the design is unveiled) and to race weekend, April 4-5, 2020, 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.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope you will submit some designs.


Arlene Solbeck
T-Shirt Design Coordinator