Call for T-Shirt Art Design

Thanks for your interest in designing artwork for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Race. We are now accepting designs for the 2019 race.  The due date for submitting artwork is June 30, 2018.

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 7, 2019” 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.”

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

Therefore in addition to the shirt/poster art, we request:

  • 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.

These smaller versions are usually variants of the t-shirt design.  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.  Our merchandise team can also work with you on the smaller designs if your design is selected as the winning design for the t-shirt and poster.

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.

The winning artist will receive $1,000 for use of the artwork, two paid entries to the ten mile race, plus travel and lodging to both the Fall Kick Off event in DC in November, 2018, where the design is unveiled, and to the race weekend, April 6-7, 2019.  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