April 18, 2011 // Franchising.com // AUSTIN, Texas – Austin's very own Schlotzsky's, home of The Original® round toasted sandwich and famous Fresh-from-Scratch® buns, today announced it has named Mike Hathaway of Arlington, Texas as the winner of its T-shirt design contest for the 29th Annual Bun Run®, the longest-running 5k in Austin's history. Hathaway will receive a $1,000 check on Sunday, May 1 prior to the start of the race for YMBL's Sunshine Camps charity.
"Mike is a talented individual and the public clearly loved his work by voting on his design as the winner of our contest," said Kelly Roddy, president of Schlotzsky's. "His design is colorful, original, creative and most importantly, best reflects the Schlotzsky's brand. We appreciate the effort he put forth and look forward to seeing the official print on T-shirts on race day."
The 12" x 12" colorful design is symbolic of The Original® round toasted sandwich, as it is shaped in a circle with the city of Austin animatedly drawn in the background, along with the Schlotzsky's Bobby Bun logo dressed in a sweatsuit as it jogs down a city street into the forefront of the picture. Both "Schlotzsky's" and the "Bun Run 2011" are captured in the outer portion of the circle surrounding the drawing.
"I was extremely excited to hear I had won the Schlotzsky's T-shirt design contest," said Hathaway, who also owns his own business, LMHDesigns. "This is the first time I have ever entered something like this. Well, anything with this big of a payoff! I am proud of my design and thankful to have been chosen."
Hosting more than 5,000 runners, walkers and joggers, as well as a few four-legged friends, Schlotzsky's Annual Bun Run began in 1982, with the company's goal to become move involved in the Austin community. Schlotzsky's since then has partnered with the Young Men's Business League (YMBL), raising an average of $50,000 throughout the years with all proceeds benefiting the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps, a program for at-risk and disadvantaged youths.
"The Young Men's Business League is a wonderful group of individuals who come together to put on a great 5k race that benefits our youth," added Roddy. "We couldn't be more pleased to raise money for the Sunshine Camps."
The 29th Annual Schlotzsky's Bun Run will take place Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. CT at South First Street in Austin, near Auditorium Shores. Additional events during the Schlotzsky's Bun Run include the race day expo and the Lil' Bun Run 1k that starts at 7:45 a.m. As an added treat, Schlotzsky's will stay true to its fun, quirky and unique roots offering a bounce house and face painting for the kids, drinks and snacks for attendees and lots of fun giveaways.
For complete details about the Schlotzsky's 29th Annual Bun Run and T-shirt contest, please visit www.bunrun.com.
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 more than 350 locations worldwide, Schlotzsky's is the fast-casual choice for a quick, healthful, and fresh dining experience. Schlotzsky's is enjoyed around the world, with restaurants in Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Jordan and Kuwait. Schlotzsky's is owned by FOCUS Brands Inc. ®, the franchisor and operator of over 3,300 Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky's®, Moe's Southwest Grill® and Auntie Anne's® locations and Seattle's Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in international markets. For more information, visit www.Schlotzskys.com.
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 areas, 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." For more information, visit www.austinymbl.org.
Established in 1928 by the Young Men's Business League of Austin (YMBL), the Austin YMBL Sunshine Camps have been providing a safe and nurturing environment for the disadvantaged boys and girls of Central Texas for more than 80 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 and to help break the poverty cycle that so often circumscribes the life chances of this often-overlooked group. For more information, visit www.sunshinecamps.org.