Press Release / March 15, 2012

Denise Francis wins Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon Poster Contest

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce that Denise Francis, M.F.A. graphic design student, is the winner of the sixth annual Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon Poster Design Contest. Francis, a graduate student from Fairburn, Georgia, took first-place honors in the contest and received a $1,500 scholarship toward tuition at SCAD. The winning poster will be the official running poster of the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon, taking place on March 18. The Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon is owned and operated by the US Road Sports and Entertainment Group.

"My idea was to use hand-made elements, so I hand-painted everything," Francis said about her winning poster. "The small dots represent all the people that come together to run in the events and show that everybody involved is a winner."

Contest and competition

On Sept. 30, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 10:01 p.m., 64 students in SCAD's graphic design program participated in the poster design contest. The goal of the contest was for students to create a piece of art in 13 hours and 1 minute (coinciding with the 13.1 miles of the half marathon) unique to Georgia that incorporates the passion, health and fitness of running and the excitement of the event.

"After six successful years partnering with SCAD for the art poster design contest, we continue to be more impressed by all the outstanding entries," said Jeff Graves, Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon race director. "This certainly made the judging very difficult, which is a testament to all the talented students involved. This year's winning poster will be proudly displayed throughout the weekend-long festivities helping to enhance the image of the race."

Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon

The Publix Georgia Marathon will take place 7 a.m., March 18 at Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. The 26.2 mile and 13.1 mile courses will travel through metro Atlanta's most interesting and historic areas - including the Sweet Auburn district, Inman Park, Decatur, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland and Midtown areas. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks, including the King Historic Site, Carter Center, four college campuses and Piedmont Park.

Race weekend will also include the Cuties Luckie 5K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, March 17. The event will start and finish at Centennial Olympic Park and run through downtown's Luckie Marietta District. Participants can sign up online at

About US Road Sports

US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city's culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor's and master's degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.

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