Finalists Revealed for Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt Contest

ATLANTA - MARCH 1, 2023 - What will you wear after you finish the 54th Running of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race? Today, Atlanta Track Club, organizers of the annual July 4 celebration, unveiled the five finalists in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt Contest. Online voting is now open and people are encouraged to vote daily through March 31. All five designs are below.

The winning design will be kept a closely guarded secret before it is revealed on the adidas performance shirts given to more than 50,000 finishers in Piedmont Park at the end of the race.

Representatives from Atlanta Track Club and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution chose this year's finalists from dozens of designs submitted since December. Artists were judged based on adherence to the official rules and how well their design captured the theme and history of Atlanta's most-iconic summer event. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.

"The kickoff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt Contest means Peachtree season is officially upon us," said Rich Kenah, CEO of Atlanta Track Club. "I hope when runners see this year's designs, it will get them even more excited to sign up and join us for Atlanta's greatest day on the Fourth of July."

Held since 1995, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race T-Shirt Contest is one of the most-storied traditions of the Peachtree, annually sparking conversation, debate and anticipation over what runners and walkers will see when they complete their 10K race.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race registration for members of Atlanta Track Club opens on March 8. Members are guaranteed entry into the event and placement no lower than Wave M. Non-members will not have to enter a lottery, but are not guaranteed entry because spots are limited. Registration is open until June 4 or until the race reaches capacity.

Artist: Erica Dean

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Occupation: Student

About the design: I wanted to capture the essence of the Fourth of July in a subtle, yet fun way. I chose to make the peach the star of the show; the leading lines sprouting from the peach showcases the bold energy of fireworks, with the dotted lines alluding to roads. I chose muted colors for a less aggressive approach, so the lines and overall illustration wouldn't get washed out by bold colors.

Artist: Maurice Garland

Hometown: Tucker, GA

Occupation: Writer/Author

About the design: Runners constantly check their watch to monitor their pace, heart rate and anything else these fancy features offer. So why not have the shirt feature one of a runner's favorite accessories? The watch face is ode to the peach and the 4th of July, but it also includes some data presented in the form of the four area codes of Atlanta, symbolizing the ongoing growth and expansion of the city's population and identity

Artist: Eryn Kelly

Occupation: Marketing Coordinator

Hometown: Acworth, GA

About the design: To me, The Peachtree feels like a kickoff party for the rest of your Fourth of July! I wanted the design to be fun and vibrant, and to represent what a joy it is to experience running down Peachtree year after year.

Artist: Stephen Mullinax

Occupation: Graphic Designer

Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

About the design: I wanted to capture the feeling of the uphill portion of the race, which is the most challenging, but often the most memorable.

Artist: Cece Page

Occupation: Graphic Designer & Owner of The Cece Shop

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

About the design: I love that Atlanta's nickname is The City in the Forest and wanted to incorporate that into my design. I run regularly and always enjoy looking at the way Atlanta's urban architecture blends so well with our abundance of trees and plants. There's so many rolling hills and winding roads and Atlanta doesn't follow a traditional grid which makes it feel like a big, patchwork neighborhood.