Today is the last day to vote for this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race official race shirt!
Here are this year’s five finalists in the design contest. Click on the above link and pick us out a winner… or make 55,000 people very upset.
Ahhh… the storied history of the Peachtree race t-shirt: causing people to suffer through Georgia heat, humidity and hills since 1971.
It amazes me that a piece of cotton continues to own such a place of honor in our city. Many people complete the event, or sneak into the event (horrible) just to proudly don their Peachtree t-shirt each year. Whether patriotic, abstract, or downright pastel, the shirt takes a place of the utmost importance in THOUSANDS of closets. It’s a conversation starter, a badge of tradition, and good fodder for t-shirt quilts.
Throughout the years I’ve developed quite a love-hate relationship with my Peachtree shirts. No offense to our current designers, but I prefer the old school simple designs of the 70s and 80s to the more recent over-produced and detailed ones. Oddly enough I barely even wear the race shirts I have earned since 1997, yet can’t seem to part with them. Holding the race so close to my heart, my race shirts are memories, documentation of an event I enjoy each year.
[Maybe it's akin to the situation with ugly babies - something only a mother who's earned it through trial and triumph could love.]
So, from year to year, my own coveted Peachtree shirts stack up in my closet – blues and peaches and yellows and whites – my very own Atlanta lineage.
Even though I’m not lucky enough to own this one myself, my favorite race t-shirt is the classic design from 1982. Less is more in a very Atlanta-centric way. Best year ever! (Pure coincidence that I was also born that year, along the race course at Piedmont hospital.)
Looking back at all the winged feet, peaches, American flags and Atlanta skylines, what’s your favorite, or least favorite, race t-shirt design?