T-shirt theme design for 2017

Despite our call for the annual T-shirt theme design contest in the local Herald and on our FB page (Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation), we’ve received only one entry. And the artist who submitted his vision was again. . . George Matthaei of Lynbrook. This being his fifth in row. You can see all the themes in the history of Malverne 5K run we were able to gather here. We are very grateful for his submissions. Thanks to his creativity, we can offer the runners a different theme every year. This year, his artistic vision lead him to incorporate a silhouette characteristic of a Malverne resident, Peter Hawkins, who has participated in every run.



2017 T-shirt theme design contest

Request for proposal for a 2017 T-shirt theme design


The MEFF is a non-profit organization supporting educational and fitness programs in the Malverne Union Free School District, NY. One of the foundation’s fundraising activities is the organization of a 5K run/walk in October. Each year, the MEFF asks the public to submit a T-shirt design related to the 5K run. The public votes on submissions and the artwork that has received the most votes is selected. The contest is open to any artist who will submit artwork following the guidelines.


The artwork must be original, use 1 color that will stand out on the orange T-shirt. It must be suitable for the traditional screen print (no gradients). The artwork will incorporate the following text: Malverne 5K, 2017. The design will be printed on the front of the shirt.

Rules and Timeframe

Please, submit the artwork in .jpeg format to Jan Kasal, MEFF president and contest coordinator using the Contact tab above. Use the same contact, if you have additional questions. Deadline for submissions is by 8 p.m. (ET) on September 8, 2017. We will display all the submissions (jpeg) on this website. Runners, their families, and friends will evaluate the artworks and their votes will determine the winning artwork. We’ll announce the results on this website on September 20, 2017. The artwork will become a property of the MEFF and we’ll reward the author with $100. The artists are welcome to resubmit their artwork that was not selected in previous years.

You can review designs from previous years.


T-shirt design for 2016 Malverne run selected

The t-shirt design contest ended on September 12th. The MEFF board of directors received just one submission. So, we don’t need a selection period for the public to voice their opinion, like in the past. In October, we’ll use the submitted artwork (below), after obtaining the digital file from the author. As in previous years, the author will receive a check in the amount of $100 at the event. And as in previous year, the artist is George Matthaei, MUFSD resident living in Lynbrook.

Next run, I recommend, is Inwood 5K on October 9th. After the previous post, some local runners inquired about the Fly with the Owls 4-miler in Lynbrook that is not scheduled for this November. We don’t have any update. I recommend all interested individuals to use social media to get together and plan for next year. The date, course, distance, it’s all open to the active ones who’ll bring it back next year.

See you at Malverne HS on October 16th at 8:30 for the fun run.

malverne 5k t-shirt design 2016


Fly with The Owls 4M run, 2016 T-shirt design contest, and more

Fly with The Owls 4M run

Let’s open with a news that will shock the running community. (Aside from the death of the LI legendary runner, Bill Benson, who passed away in July). We confirmed from two independent sources that Fly with the Owls 4-mile, (FWO run) won’t take place this year. The venue’s website is still up but doesn’t offer any further details. The FWO run and Malverne 5K were my favorite. I was able to just open the door and get out to the start line without having to drive. It couldn’t get any better. I ran my first Fly with the Owls in 2007. The fact that we lost a member of the Southwest Nassau Run Series, contributed to our decision to cancel the series. Hopefully, this year’s hiatus will energize a group of enthusiasts who will renew the run in years to come. We invite you to help our team this year and we’ll help you build your run next year. Continue reading