Saturday, February 23, 2008

Five Finalists Compete for Winning Design of Official Race Poster for 2nd Annual ING Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon

From 20 original entries created by 22 students, five students at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) were recognized as finalists in a design contest to create the official race poster of the 2nd annual ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.
The grand prize winner, Mike Albuquerque, of Pernambuco, Brazil, was announced today at a special ceremony held at the Gallery 1600 on the Atlanta campus, and was presented with a $2,500 scholarship, as well as the right to see his creation reproduced as 15,000 posters for the March 30 running event.

The winning design captured the city of Atlanta and the energy of the race. The design features the silhouettes of runners set against the Atlanta cityscape. Albuquerque is a second year MFA advertising grad student.

“The creativity involved with this contest began in the fall, when the students simulated a half marathon to develop their initial designs. They used 13 hours and 1 minute to cross the finish line using brush strokes rather than foot steps. I expect it was just as exhausting for them as it will be for 15,000 people come March,” said Victoria Seahorn, race director of the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, who was at the ceremony to unveil the winning designs. “All the runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes who come to the race next month are sure to love this creative poster and appreciate the energies that went into the process.”

The unique design contest was held on November 11, 2006, with a total of 22 SCAD students participating. They had 13 hours and one minute (simulating 13.1 miles of the half marathon) to create their own original designs. At the conclusion of the contest, each student crossed the “finish line,” submitted a team or individual entry, and received a Design Contest Medal. A judge’s panel, consisting of representatives from ING Americas (event title sponsor), SCAD-Atlanta and race staff, selected five finalists and the one winning design.

The other four finalists included:
Yoon-Ae Goh- Jeonrabukdo, Korea
Kimberly Prindle- Orlando, FL
Daniel Walden- Springfield, IL
Corey Wilkes- Atlanta, GA

The second annual contest was developed by race sponsor PSI Promotional Solutions Inc. PSI will print the poster, which will be included in all registration packets for racers at the Health & Fitness Expo on March 28 and 29. A few of the posters will be signed and numbered by the artist as special gifts to the event winners on March 30.

Last year 39 students at the SCAD-Atlanta campus participated in the first design contest. The winning design, which incorporated the skyline of Atlanta, dogwood blossoms and a variety of runners, was created by NaLee Kim of Seoul, South Korea, a fourth-year undergraduate student. Kim’s design was produced as a Limited Edition print in 2007 to commemorate the inaugural marathon; the second place design, by Scott Zettergren of Atlanta, Ga., was distributed as the participants poster.

About the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon
The 2008 ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon, to be held on Sunday, March 30, is Georgia’s picturesque, springtime, neighborhood–based distance combo event. Beginning at Centennial Olympic Park, it will travel through 26.2 miles (and 13.1 miles for the half marathon) of Metro Atlanta area’s most interesting and historic areas including the Sweet Auburn District, Inman Park, Midtown, Downtown and the city of Decatur. Along the way it will pass landmarks including the King Center, and Carter Center, before returning to Centennial Olympic Park for the finish. A limit of 15,000 registrations will be accepted for the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. The event is owned and operated by Georgia Marathon LLC.

The ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon includes a full weekend of activities for athletes, families and spectators – Health & Wellness Expo, Tot Trot, Neighborhood Challenge, and the ING Run for Something Better. A full list of weekend activities, volunteer opportunities and registration information are available at,

About ING
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, insurance and asset management to more than 75 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries. With a diverse workforce of over 120,000 people, ING comprises a broad spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under the ING brand. In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients which include life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the nation. For more information, visit

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