How is the Peachtree Road Race T-shirt picked?

by: Nelson Hicks Updated:

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ATLANTA —

Imagine being the designer behind 60,000 T-shirts that each runner participating in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race receive when crossing the finish line on July 4.

For five Atlanta area residents, that dream is one step away from becoming a reality.

Nelson's News on wsbtv.com recently visited the Atlanta Track Club headquarters. The Atlanta Track Club is the organization in charge of the Peachtree Road Race. As the group has done in years past, the Atlanta Track Club solicited T-shirt designs from the public. About 250 T-shirt designs were submitted.

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A panel of four judges, including Tracey Russell from the Atlanta Track Club, two representatives from the newspaper and one local graphic designer narrowed those 250 down to five.

"It's so fun to see what people submit," Russell said. "You see the patriotic designs. You see people integrating the peach into their artwork. And you see some really abstract designs that have been submitted this year."

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Which of the five will be the actual Peachtree Road Race T-shirt? That's up to the public. Voting is open now to determine which shirt will be handed out at the finish line of the July 4 race.

Want to run in the race? A lottery is open through Thursday night at midnight for the majority of the 60,000 spots. It's $35 to register plus applicable fees.