Boulder Launches Poster Contest to Create the USA Pro Cycling Challenge


Boulder Launches Poster Contest to Create the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6 Finish Commemorative Poster

Contest to be Hosted on Facebook with Winner Announced April 16

BOULDER, CO (February 13, 2012) – The 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will host an online contest inviting artists to create unique event posters for the Stage 6 finish in Boulder. All entrants will also be automatically entered in the national poster contest as well.

All types of artists – professional, amateur, aspiring – are encouraged to let their creativity flow and submit their designs via the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Facebook page beginning tomorrow. Entries will be accepted until Friday, March 16, with the winners being announced on Monday, April 16. All entries must be submitted via the USA Pro Challenge Facebook contest page (only online entries will be eligible). This requires either that the artwork be in digital media format or that a digital photograph of the artwork be posted in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions adopted by Facebook. Each file must be in JPEG format and otherwise comply with Facebook’s requirements for posting images. Multiple entries can be submitted, but must be submitted at the same time.

Once entries are submitted, the race’s thousands of Facebook fans will have a chance to cast their votes for the three best posters for each host city and the ten best national posters. From there, a panel of local Boulder dignitaries, media and city officials will select the Boulder poster winner, and a separate panel of judges will select the national winner. Winners receive a cash prize in addition to having his/her poster produced and sold to race fans both online and onsite during the race August 20-26.

Impact on Education will be teaming up with the race in Boulder for this contest. IOE will help spread the word, encouraging community artists and art students to consider submitting an entry to the contest. They’ll be reaching out to BVSD schools as well as other members of their network including the local public libraries, the University of Colorado, the Independent Schools Association, the Boulder Art Coop, Open Studios, the Louisville Art Coop, and other IOE corporate partners. They'll also provide a representative to serve on the contest judging panel. In exchange, a portion of the proceeds from every Boulder poster sold will be donated back to Impact on Education. A portion of the proceeds from the national poster will be donated to America’s Road Home.

This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. There is no fee to enter and no purchase is required. Official rules for the program can be found at www.facebook.com/USAProCyclingChallenge.

For more information, contact:
Nancy Portner, USA Pro Challenge Boulder, 303-859-0022, nancyportner@gmail.com
Fran Ryan, Impact on Education, 303-524-3865, fran@impactoneducation.org

About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday,” and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker. More information can be found online at www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

About USA Pro Challenge Boulder
On August 25th, some of the best cyclists in the world will be racing into Boulder, Colorado in Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The stage starts in Golden and finishes in Boulder, Colorado. More information can be found online at www.usaproboulder.com, on Twitter at @usaproboulder and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boulder2012.

About Impact on Education
Since 1983, Impact on Education has been the non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting excellence, improving equity, and encouraging innovation in Boulder Valley Public Schools. Through programs and advocacy work, the organization assists students considered at risk due to poverty, language barriers or learning challenges. With its strong ties within Boulder and Broomfield counties, Impact on Education is able to leverage resources to reduce inequities, maximize learning opportunities for all students and encourage teacher excellence. One hallmark partnership is Crayons to Calculators which distributes over 8,000 backpacks annually to students in need throughout the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts. More information can be found online at www.impactoneducation.org or follow Impact on Education on Facebook)

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