February 11, 2009 // Franchising.com // Austin, TX – Love the Annual Schlotzsky's Bun Run®? Want to choose which design will end up on the 2009 long-sleeve race t-shirt? Back by popular demand, Schlotzsky's and race sponsors RunTex, Mix 94.7 FM, Majic 95.5 FM, Talk Radio 1370 AM and the Young Men's Business League of Austin (YMBL) are once again leaving the look of the Bun Run t-shirt up to the public.
Now through Thurs., Feb. 28, voters can pick their favorite design at www.bunrun.com. Participants will automatically be entered in a random drawing to win one of 10 free Bun Run race entries, valued at $28 each.*
Want to wear a peace-lovin' Schlotzsky's Fresh-from-Scratch® hippie bun? How about a thumbs-up smilin' bun, victorious running buns or even a Texas-sized bun? Artists from a variety of locales put their handiwork to the test, but the finalists come from places as close as Austin and as far away as Norman, Okla., and San Diego and Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The winning artist will receive $1,000 and recognition at the race on May 3 – and of course, thousands of race participants and volunteers will sport the selected masterpiece.
The city's longest-running 5K, the Annual Schlotzsky's Bun Run hosts an average of 5,000 participants and raises an average of $50,000 for Austin Sunshine Camps, YMBL's program that sends at-risk and disadvantaged youths to summer camp to learn about leadership, team-building and trust. "Austinites have shown great interest in and support for the Bun Run and Austin Sunshine Camps for 27 years, and they had a great time with our t-shirt contest last year, so we at Schlotzsky's wanted to keep the latest Austin tradition going strong again this year," said Kelly Roddy, president of the brand.
* Visit www.bunrun.com for official rules.
Since 1971, Schlotzsky's® has been the home of The Original® toasted sandwich. The menu has evolved with customers' tastes to include the highest quality sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and soups available today. With approximately 365 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky's is the fast-casual choice for a quick, healthful, and fresh dining experience.
Founded in 1913, the Young Men's Business League of Austin (YMBL) is one of the oldest and most respected social service organizations in the city. It enables men to grow professionally by working with others toward a common mission: "To provide programs for deserving children in Austin and the surrounding area, which aid in their professional development and teach the skills necessary to succeed in school and in life. In short, we are a non-profit, non-political organization, dedicated to taking the risk out of Austin's at-risk youth."
Established in 1928 by the Young Men's Business League of Austin (YMBL), the Austin Sunshine Camps (ASC) have been providing a safe and nurturing environment for the disadvantaged boys and girls of Central Texas for almost eighty years. Organizers work with the children in summer camps and year-long programs to develop the tools necessary to overcome the variety of difficulties they face in their day-to-day lives. The children are assailed on all fronts from challenges of poverty and family disintegration to the threats of drug and violence. ASC's ultimate goal is to eliminate the high school dropout rate among the at-risk youths they target, increase college participation by these same young men and women to help break the poverty cycle that so often circumscribes the life chances of this often-overlooked group.