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 2018 race. The due date for submitting artwork is June 15, 2017.

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 8, 2018," 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" (c), although this does not have to be incorporated into the design.

In addition to use as the official t-shirt and race poster, the designs - or variants of the design - may be used on the t-shirts, posters, merchandise, signs, and printed and electronic materials.

Therefore in addition to the shirt/poster art, the artist must submit:

  • A 3 inch wide by 2-1/2 inch high design for caps
  • A design close to 3-1/2 inches high by 3 inches wide for jackets, shirts, patches and beer glasses

In submitting these variations keep in mind that complex designs with many color variations are difficult to embroider, expensive to screen and lose their definition when reduced in size for caps, patches, jackets and polo shirts. Therefore if your t-shirt and poster design is complex, you may want to simplify it for use in these smaller formats.

These two smaller designs must use no more than four colors in each design.  They must have the name of the race (incorporated into or below the design) but do not have to include the date or "Washington, DC."  They should use one or more of the major elements from the t-shirt design but do not have to be a replica of the t-shirt design. The continuity of the visual theme on all three submissions will be a factor in selecting the winning design.

You can submit a graphic file(s) of the artwork (.jpg, .eps, .pdf etc.) directly to me at

You may submit more than one design.

If your artwork is selected, we will have you sign a release governing the terms of it use. We pay $850 for use of the artwork.

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

Arlene Solbeck
T-Shirt Design Coordinator