A design by Julia Racz, a student at Conard High School in West Hartford, was chosen for this year’s FUNd RUN shirts.
By Ronni Newton
Hundreds of runners will soon be seen around West Hartford wearing a bright orange shirt with white lettering – and a design in the center created by a high school student from West Hartford.
Julia Racz, a senior at Conard High School, created the winning design for this year’s commemorative celebration! West Hartford T-shirt, and not only did she have the honor of seeing other people wearing her work, but she also received a $ 250 gift certificate from Jerry’s Artarama, presented Tuesday afternoon by director AJ Shoham .
Although the whole Celebrate! The West Hartford Festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, last year a virtual 5K was held under the theme ‘Run Apart Give Together’ to keep the festival’s running tradition alive. The 2021 version of FUNd RUNS is now a dual event that includes a virtual 5K as well as the option to participate in a one-month remote challenge.
The overall suggested mileage for the challenge is 136 miles, which is the distance from one corner of Connecticut to the other, passing through West Hartford, and this course is what inspired Racz with its design.
“I integrated the 136 mile route including a heart for West Hartford,” Racz said.
The final design was slightly modified by Amy Larose, a graphic designer from the city of West Hartford, who added the traditional Celebrate! West Hartford’s ‘star’ branding and turned the line of the road into traces. Racz said she liked the updates.
After graduating from Conard, Racz plans to attend the University of Oregon to major in media studies and production, in hopes of working in production in the entertainment industry. She’s not a mainstream artist, but she signed up for Conard’s graphic arts and digital media classes because she thought it would be good preparation, including providing training for Adobe programs.
As to why she wanted to go to college so far, Racz said, “I love the West. I really wanted to visit the West and have the opportunity to live there. She thinks she will eventually return to New England, but it’s a good opportunity to discover another part of the country.
“I kind of have to put my life in a suitcase,” she said, adding that she would probably use her gift certificate in part to buy cute pens, which don’t take up a lot of space.
Racz played field hockey at Conard for four years, and has also done indoor track and field and softball for the past few years, but although she received one of the commemorative jerseys, she will not wear it. probably not for running. “I’m not the best at running,” she said.
The party ! The West Hartford t-shirt design has been created by a West Hartford Public Schools student since 2015.
“The Conard Graphic Design Program has been honored to participate in this competition for several years,” said Jim Genovese, professor of graphics. “This competition allows our students in our Technology and Engineering program to apply their skills in the classroom – allowing them to collaborate with their peers, develop ideas and use digital tools to finalize their design – all to support our community, ”he said.
“Julia excelled in our program and her passion for graphic design is recognized by this award. “
Shoham said Jerry’s Artarama is happy to continue supporting the graphic design competition.
“We are always happy to do anything to support emerging artists,” he said. During the pandemic, art is something that gave people comfort, he said. “It is important to support this outlet.
Both FUNd RUNS challenges will take place in June, and participants can do either or both. 5K can be performed anywhere and anytime between June 4 and June 13. The Distance Challenge lasts from June 1 to June 30, and miles logged anytime during those days, in any location, will count.
The entry fee for each event is $ 20 and will once again support both the Town That Care Fund – which since the COVID-19 pandemic has been in demand more than ever to operate West Hartford’s Food Panty and help needy residents with their energy bills and other services, as well as the Recreation Services Scholarship Fund, which provides children in need with funds to attend summer and vacation camp, classes life-saving swimming and other enrichment activities.
Celebrate! The West Hartford Virtual Arts and Crafts Fair went live on Tuesday and the online marketplace will be available 24/7 until the end of the month. More information can be found here.
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