After an aggressive online voting competition, Army Ten-Miler officials announced that Peter Pawlak of Manassas, Va., is the grand prize winner of the Annual Army Ten-Miler T-shirt Design Contest.
His winning design will be featured on more than 30,000 official runner and volunteer T-shirts for the 2012 race.
Pawlak will receive prizes valued at around $3,500 including a 17-inch MacBook Pro and five official race shirts featuring his design.
Beginning Feb. 15, artists and designers submitted their best designs to the Ten-Miler. The top five designs were selected by the race’s Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting of military and civilian members, who judged the designs that best depict the overall themes of the Army and running.
From May 15 to May 31, the 30,000 registered 2012 runners were able to cast a vote for their favorite design.
Nearly 5,000 votes were cast in this year's competition.
Pawlak’s design captured first place by more than 200 ballots with a grand total of 1,350 votes.
Pawlak, 21, a full-time student at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Va., is studying graphic design and is a freelance designer.
After drafting a sketch for a final project in a graphic design class at George Mason, he realized the potential it could have in the Ten-Miler contest and decided to submit his drawing.
“I wanted a creative way to incorporate what the Army stands for in my T-shirt concept,” Pawlak said.
Adding, “By designing dog tags that highlight civilians running with soldiers against the D.C. skyline, with the American flag emblazoned in the foreground, I tried to capture what this race truly stands for.”
Second place winner is Paul Woodbury, 52, of Camarillo, Calif., who will receive a 21.5-inch iMac prize package worth approximately $1,400.
Woodbury has entered the T-shirt contest each year since 2007, winning first place in 2008, third place in 2009 and finishing in the top five last year.
Third place winner is Staff Sgt. Caleb Barrieau, a broadcast journalist with the Public Affairs Office, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Barrieau, 29, took second place in last year’s contest. He will receive a Holga 35mm Deluxe Camera Package Kit valued at about $125.
The Army Ten-Miler Annual T-Shirt Design Contest is open to all U.S. residents age 18 and older and receives entries from artisans, designers and amateur artists nationwide.
Officials require that designs be original artwork and reflect the unique tradition and experience of the Army Ten-Miler, and embrace the spirit of running.
All three winning designs will become sole property of the Army Ten-Miler.
The Army's 28th Annual Army Ten-Miler will be run on Sunday, Oct. 21, in Washington at the Pentagon.
Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington the race attracts more than 30,000 military and civilian runners from around the word.
All race proceeds benefit the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Fund that supports soldier and soldier family programs.
The two-day Health & Fitness Expo preceding the race hosts over 75 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees.
Race day activities include a "world class" race with elite athletes, live music, Hooah Tents from Army installations around the world showing military pride, youth runs presented by Health Net, and interactive Army displays.
For more information about the race, visit www.armytenmiler.com.