The winning art will be featured on more than 5,000 T-shirts distributed to student and adult participants in the 3K race held in Pacific Grove on Saturday, April 28.
Sophia Shultz, a fourth grader from Robert H. Down Elementary School in Pacific Grove, has submitted the winning entry to the Big Sur Marathon Foundation’s first-ever T-shirt art contest held for its By-the-Bay 3K race. Her colorful drawing featured a seagull and ocean wave below the block-letter word RUN that was filled with children prepping for a race. The winning art will be featured on more than 5,000 T-shirts distributed to student and adult participants in the 3K race held in Pacific Grove on Saturday, April 28.
Two additional top-voted drawings were named as runners up in the contest. Fourth graders Emily Cortes of Santa Lucia Elementary School in King City and Mahealani Carrasco of Marshall Elementary School in Seaside received top honors as well. In all, 706 drawings from 12 schools were submitted for this first-ever contest.
“This was a really fun project for us,” said Julie Armstrong, former marketing director for the Big Sur Marathon Foundation and co-creator of the contest. “Children’s artwork is so original and fresh; we knew we were bound to find something creative for this year’s runner shirts.”
In addition to having her artwork memorialized on the shirts, Shultz will receive a $50 prize from the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. She will also receive a shirt for every member of her immediate family to proudly display her artwork. The runners-up will each receive a check for $25, and one of the top voted drawings may be featured on a future 3K shirt.
The By-the-Bay 3K Schools Competition fun run is held each April as part of the Big Sur International Marathon weekend. Attracting more than 5,000 students, teachers and parents from throughout Monterey County, the 3K is the largest single weekend distance event of the marathon’s multi distance offerings and is the fourth largest organized youth-oriented race in the country.
Individuals can also enter the By-the-Bay 3K through the website, www.bigsurmarathon.org