Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
After perusing through a graphic design website several months ago, Hicksville resident Jason Siegel came across a contest offering an iMac and Adobe software as the top prize for designing a logo to appear on the Army Ten-Miler T-shirts.
Siegel is currently expecting his iMac in the mail.
Approximately 30,000 participants who registered for the event – one of the world’s largest 10-mile road races set to take place on Oct. 24 in Washington, DC – had the chance to vote for one of five designs to be featured on all runner and volunteer T-shirts. Around 6,000 participants signed up and cast their votes between June 7 and 18, and the final results featured Siegel in the lead by over 200 votes.
“I was more shocked than anything. I had done a lot of contests in the past that never really panned out,” said Siegel.
“I had received an email saying I was in the top five and I thought maybe I had an outside chance at third-place,” Siegel added.
For his logo, Siegel had researched prior designs to get a feel for how past artists had incorporated the DC area and the race. The foundation for the design was the Seal of the United States of America, which he then complemented with various symbols from the U.S. Army and the event.
“Jason Siegel’s winning T-shirt design truly captures the spirit and theme of the Army Ten-Miler race,” said Jim Vandak, race director.
The Army Ten-Miler’s annual contest received a record-breaking 250 entries, which were then narrowed down to the top five by a Blue-Ribbon Committee. The 26th annual event will include a two-day race expo, fitness clinics, youth runs, post-race party, and HOOAH tents from Army installations around the world.
Siegel, 24, works for Rallye Motors and hopes to attend the October event.
“I have family in the area and if I get the opportunity to go down there, I’ll definitely take advantage of it,” Siegel said.
The Army Ten-Miler is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), with proceeds benefiting Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families. The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is to promote the Army, build “esprit de corps,” support fitness goals and enhance community relations. For more information about the race, visit www.armytenmiler.com.