Each year on the 4th of July, Atlanta hosts the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the largest 10k in the world. A race where 60,000 runners including myself scramble down the historic Peachtree Street while braving Hotlanta’s stifling heat and humidity. To commemorate the race, the Atlanta Track Club awards finishers with a t-shirt and opens up the design of the t-shirt to the public in the form of a t-shirt design contest.

Peachtree Road Race submission

My submission was not selected; however, I am very happy with my whimsical design featuring peaches running up and down the hills of Peachtree Street. Since the AJC Peachtree Road Race is nearly 50 years old, I used simple, minimalistic forms and a retro-inspired typeface, Amboy, to give my submission a 1970s feel. I customized the type by adding stars to the first letter of every word. I paired Amboy with the slab serif typeface, Chunkfive.

The fireworks were the most challenging part of this design. In the image below, you can see my first try at fireworks. I ended up using Adobe Illustrator’s Line Width Tool to edit a line and the Transform Control Panel to transform, rotate, and create 13 copies of my stroke. If you would like to learn more, you can access the helpful tutorial that I used here.

Originally, my design started off with 4 colors, red, blue, grey and a peach color but I paired it down to three colors to add more unity to the design and boost the retro appeal. Overall, I am very satisfied with this project. It was a fun was to brush up on my Adobe Illustrator skills.

Peachtree Road Race submission