We are pleased to announce this year's RACE POSTER CONTEST WINNER is Marmion Academy junior MATTHEW HIGGS, 17, of Aurora, Ill.

Congratulations, Matthew! Well done!







Below are the Rules and Guidelines and above is the link to download the official entry form. We would like the students’ work to conceptualize not only the race, which includes participants of many ages and levels of experience, but also to integrate the idea that it is being held on Memorial Day to honor current and veteran members of the military. Please take a look at our 2010 winning entry on our race website. Entry deadline: April 15, 2011.
All submissions will become the sole property of Foot Mechanics and Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile and may be used for commercial purposes. We suggest that the students’ original work be copied/scanned as none of the entries will be returned.
When sending us the entries, we ask that they be placed flat in an envelope, with an insert of cardboard or other sturdy material to prevent bending. The Post Office sells 12 ½” x 19” envelopes for your convenience.
If you should have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Pat Fomusa at 630-470-5359 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(*) Foot Mechanics is a pedorthic facility devoted to the biomechanics of the lower leg and foot.
It is our goal to prevent injury and eliminate pain in the active person or athlete by providing     comprehensive gait analysis, proper shoe recommendations, and orthotics uniquely customized to the individual.
Foot Mechanics is hosting a competition to create an original work of art to be featured as the official 2011 Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile Poster. All high school students who submit their artwork by APRIL 15, 2011, will be considered. 
Each year, the Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile Race features new artwork to commemorate U.S. Military, active, veteran or deceased.  This contest is a very valued and cherished part of our Mile Race competition and winners will be honored just like our winning athletes, with a special award medal for our top 3 entries, in addition to art gift certificates and recognition at the Arcada Theatre after the race. The winner will also be invited to the VIP reception at the Hotel Baker on May 29, 2011. The 1st place   entry will become the official race poster for 2011 and will be widely distributed and featured on our race website, www.footmec1_mnex1.com. We hope to raise funds for our beneficiary charities with the sale of the winning poster. 
Below is a list of background information to help you conceptualize your piece. There are no creative guidelines to follow – we don’t want to limit your artistic skills! Please consider:
  • The poster must include the complete official name of the race (Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile) and the date of the race (May 30, 2011).
  • The theme must commemorate the U. S. Military who have lost their lives in service to our country.
  • The race will take place just prior to the Memorial Day Parade.
  • This is our 2nd year presenting the race.
  • The race is a one mile, downhill, foot race taking place on Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois and is open to any age or experience level.
  • A portion of the proceeds will be donated to two worthy organizations – Feet in Need (provides shoes and orthotics to the underprivileged) and Salute, Inc. (provides support to returning veterans and their families)
  • The target audience for the poster includes runners and spectators who wish to commemorate the event and/or their visit to St. Charles.



You must complete and sign an official entry form and attach it to the back of your completed design and mail it or drop it off in an envelope (12 ½” x 19” envelopes are available at the Post Office), with cardboard or other material inserted to prevent bending, to Foot Mechanics, 303 N. 2nd St., Suite 10, St. Charles, Illinois 60174 (We have a drop off box in front of our door if we are not available) OR drop it off at Dick Ponds Athletics, also located at 303 N. 2nd St. , St. Charles, Illinois. IMPORTANT: You must also retain a copy of your entry in pdf form (high resolution only) so that we may customize the entry if needed when it goes to print.
Entries must be legible, complete, and signed or they will be rejected. All entries must be received by April 15, 2011.
  • The completed design must be 11”x 17” and may be of any medium of your choice.
  • In order for sponsor names and logos to be added, either incorporate clear space within your design or allow a 1” margin on the top and sides and a 3” margin on the bottom.
  • The poster must reflect the points described in the CONTEST OVERVIEW section.
  • The design must be consistent with good taste and the sport and sportsmanship of running, and be consistent with the Foot Mechanics image. It may not contain any offensive or defamatory words, symbols, or images. All entries must be the original design of the applicant. 
All entries become the sole property of Foot Mechanics and the Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile with all rights to copy, edit, publish and use, in whole or in part, all designs, arrangements, concepts, ideas, drawings, color schemes, copyrighted or copyrightable materials and trademarks, in any manner without further approval or consideration of any kind, including without limitation, restitution, royalties, or license fees. 
PLEASE NOTE: Entries will not be returned.
RULE 4. ELIGIBILITY Entrant must be a high school student and a legal resident of the U.S. Entrant may submit more than one entry. Void in Puerto Rico or where prohibited by law. 
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected.
 Contest entries will be judged based on creativity (33%), appropriateness and consistency with the requirements described in CONTEST OVERVIEW (33%) and artistic quality of design (33%). The ratings scale in each category will be from 1 to 10. No design that receives a score below 6 on any of these criteria will be eligible to win. Selection of winners will be conducted by a panel of judges comprised of race committee members. The decisions of the judges will be final. Ties will be broken based on the highest score in the quality of design category. 
Entrants must warrant that the design submitted is original and of their own creation, that the design or a variation or derivation thereof has not been entered in any other competition and that the design does not violate the rights of other parties. 
The 3 winners will be chosen from the eligible designs and the winner will be notified on or about April 20, 2011. The winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within seven days of attempted notice or forfeit as winner. An alternate winner will be selected through application of the above selection criteria if the initially selected winner cannot be reached, is ineligible, or declines to accept the prize.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the Arcada Theatre following the race.
  • The 1st Place winning design will become  the official 2011 Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile poster. Foot Mechanics may modify the winning design in any manner at its sole discretion and for any reason, including rendering the design appropriate for retail sale and consistent with the Foot Mechanics image. 
  • The 1st place winner will receive one framed poster, an award medal, a gift certificate for art supplies in the amount of 100.00. The winner will also be asked to attend the VIP reception at the Baker Hotel on May 29, 2011. Other appearances may be required as well.   The approximate retail value of the poster is $80.
  • 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies in the amounts of 75.00 and 50.00, respectively. Each winner will receive an award medal at the Arcada Theatre Awards ceremony immediately after the race. 
  • Any taxes or other similar prize-related expenses are the responsibility of the winners.   The winners must take delivery of the prize as specified by Foot Mechanics. No transfers or substitution of prizes will be allowed except as provided herein.
By participating in this contest, you agree to these rules and the judges' decisions, which shall be final and legally binding in all matters relating to this contest. Neither Foot Mechanics nor the Foot Mechanics Memorial Day Main Street Mile (hereinafter “Race”) (which includes their agents, officers, employees, licensees and all parties associated with this contest) is not responsible for lost, destroyed, delayed, incomplete, illegible or misdirected materials.  All entries become the property of Foot Mechanics and the Race upon receipt and will not be returned. Foot Mechanics may modify or rescind the contest without liability in the event of printing or production errors, any bug, virus or technical problem that impairs the administration, integrity or security of this contest or any component thereof, or impossibility or inappropriateness of using any submitted design. Foot Mechanics or Race is not responsible for events beyond its control. You agree to use of your name and likeness for publicity purposes without further compensation, when legal. The winners further agree to make himself or herself available to participate in additional publicity appearances as may be reasonably requested by Foot Mechanics or the Race. By accepting the prize, winners release Foot Mechanics and the Race of all liability. As a condition of entering this contest, you agree that: (1) any and all claims, judgments, and awards are limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred in participating in this contest; and (2) you waive all rights to claim any other damages, including punitive, incidental and consequential damages and attorneys' fees. This contest is subject to all laws of the United States.

Congratulations to Our 2010 Poster Contest Winners!

1st place-Tim Erickson, Aurora Christian  
(click poster to open it in new window)

2nd place- Alfonso Lopez-Yañez Saenz, Hinsdale HS

3rd place- (tie) Luis Valerio, West Chicago HS
                        Benjamin Jalove, Carol Stream HS