COEUR d’ALENE — This is the 36th year for United Way’s annual Spring Dash, a 5-mile run that begins and ends at McEuen Park, and has runners dashing through downtown Coeur d’Alene, out to Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and back again.
And they all love their T-shirts.
Each year area high school students are invited to submit a design for the dashers’ T-shirts. This year’s winner is Coeur d’Alene High School sophomore Aliyah Fleshman, who now owns some serious bragging rights and $100.
The 16-year-old from Hayden, a student in Terri Leonard’s Graphic Design and Commercial Arts class, created her design using Prismacolor pencils. About 1,000 shirts will be made with the design.
“When I think about spring I think of flowers and meadows, and I liked the idea of using a wreath to circle the whole thing as kind of a border,” Fleshman said of her design.
“She has been very focused on every project she has done since the beginning of last year,” said Leonard. “She takes every project she does very seriously, and because of that her work really stands out.”
Mark Tucker, executive director of United Way of North Idaho, visited Leonard’s class on Thursday afternoon to present Fleshman with the $100 check and some hearty congratulations.
He explained that high schools in the five northern counties were sent an invitation to participate in the annual shirt design contest, and about 35 submissions were received. The designs were judged by a panel that noted they loved how Aliyah used the laces of running shoes to form the letters.
“It’s pretty neat and the students love it,” Tucker said of the project. He said future plans may involve a similar design contest for middle school students to feature their artwork on event posters.
Fleshman will work alongside designers at Stand Out in Hayden, who print the shirts for the event. She’ll also get a close look at the process of how the design will fit a shirt, and how the image is vectorized and colors separated.
Spring Dash will take place April 22. The self-seeded race begins at 9:30 a.m. It’s a qualifier for Bloomsday.
A Tot Trot will start at 9 a.m. before the main event, and is geared for toddlers through 10-year-olds.
The race is a fundraiser for United Way, with revenue directed to programs benefitting education and financial stability.
For information or to register online for Spring Dash, visit: unitedwayofnorthidaho.org/springdash