P3R is pleased to announce the winner of the Official Poster Competition for the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. This year’s winner is Aditya Peri, a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. Thirty-three artists from across the country submitted applications for the 2017 Poster Competition. The staff of P3R narrowed down the pool to three finalists who were asked to create a concept piece. The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Facebook community voted on the final poster.
“This is Pittsburgh’s race, and we are so excited to collaborate with a Pittsburgh artist,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros. “Aditya Peri’s progressive artwork exemplifies the race day experience. We have a new course this year and a lot in store for our runners.”
Aditya, who goes by Deech, grew up in Newtown, Pa., outside of Philadelphia. Deech has been doodling in notebooks as long as he can remember but began to take art seriously during his senior year of High School. He has been doing commissioned pieces for three years, mostly with dry mediums such as pencil, pen and ink wash.
Deech utilized a streaking technique for this piece and colored the runners with yellow, orange, red and brown overtones because he wanted the poster to be vibrant.
“I wanted to make a poster that really highlighted the iconic colors of the city: black and yellow,” Peri said. “I sketched out a version of the (16th Street) bridge with people running on it because, in my mind that encapsulates the marathon.”
He hopes to combine his mechanical engineering skills and creativity to someday work for Nike or design film sets.
Poster sales will benefit P3R’s Kids of STEEL program, which encourages children to earn miles to run the equivalent of a full marathon (26.2 miles) and taste new fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts during a 4-month training period.
If you prefer to wear your artwork, P3R has partnered with Dona Jo Fitwear, a Pittsburgh-based activewear company, to produce a special Pittsburgh legging that will fit into every 'Burgh lovers' closet. This year, runners will be able to embody the spirit of Pittsburgh with the ‘Spirit of Black and Gold’ leggings by Dona Jo.
Dona Jo’s President, Ashley Ferraro, is thrilled to be working with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon for the third year in a row.
“This 2017 print, in my opinion, is our best collaboration yet,” Ferraro said. “Pittsburgh is near to our heart at Dona Jo as our business began in the Steel City. Working with Pittsburgh companies to do something awesome has been a wonderful experience.”
Made exclusively for Pittsburgh runners, walkers, cyclists and fitness enthusiasts, this bold black & yellow print will be the perfect piece for your race day outfit, game day tailgate or just running errands while repping your favorite city. With seven different pieces in the collection, including running skirts and shorts, there is something for everyone.
Brand new for 2017 are the Dona Jo Metro Leggings and Capris, which showcase the print on the front of the legging and black on the back. This is a great option for those who don't usually like prints or prefer a simpler style.
Proceeds from the Pittsburgh Marathon themed Dona Jo leggings go to P3R’s American Development Program. Pittsburgh’s American Development Program supports promising American runners and offers complimentary entry, travel assistance and prize money throughout the organization’s year-long calendar of events.
Be sure to look out for the Dona Jo leggings and the Official Poster during this year’s GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health & Fitness Expo or order online at P3RGear.com and help support future athletes and runners.
For more information about Dona Jo Fitwear, visit their website at: https://www.donajofitwear.com/
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active!
Learn more at: www.P3R.org
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